advancement

Use the noun advancement when you talk about something's growth or progress. The advancement of modern medicine has lengthened many people's lives.

You might describe a society's advancement as a result of new industries and an improved economy. You could also cheer your best friend's advancement in her French class, being moved to a higher level because of her hard work. When you advance, you move forward — either literally or figuratively. Advancement comes from this idea of moving in a positive direction and its Old French root word avancier, "move forward," from the Late Latin abante, "in front."

Definitions of advancement
  1. noun
    the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)
    synonyms: advance, forward motion, onward motion, procession, progress, progression
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    retreat
    the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant)
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    push
    an effort to advance
    career, life history
    the general progression of your working or professional life
    march
    a steady advance
    clear sailing, easy going, plain sailing
    easy unobstructed progress
    leapfrog
    advancing as if in the child's game, by leaping over obstacles or competitors
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    motion, move, movement
    the act of changing location from one place to another
  2. noun
    gradual improvement or growth or development
    advancement of knowledge”
    synonyms: progress
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    forwarding, furtherance, promotion
    the advancement of some enterprise
    stride
    significant progress (especially in the phrase "make strides")
    work flow, workflow
    progress (or rate of progress) in work being done
    inroad
    (usually plural) progress or advancement, as toward a goal
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    development
    the act of improving by expanding, enlarging, or refining
  3. noun
    encouragement of the progress or growth or acceptance of something
    synonyms: furtherance, promotion
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    encouragement
    the expression of approval and support
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