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preferment

The noun preferment is a kind of promotion, like getting a better position or moving up the ranks at work. Preferment also means the act of liking one thing more than another.

The meaning of this noun as "promotion" comes from the original definition of prefer, "to advance in rank or fortune." Preferment goes to the hardest workers. Preferment can also be to prefer one thing over another. Good teachers work hard not to show preferment for some students over others, even if they secretly have favorites. In the kitchen, a preferment (also pre-ferment) is a bread starter.

Definitions of preferment
  1. noun
    the act of preferring
    “the preferment went to the younger candidate”
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    type of:
    promotion
    the act of raising in rank or position
  2. noun
    promotion in rank, office, or position
  3. noun
    the act of making accusations
    preferment of charges”
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    type of:
    accusal, accusation
    a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; the act of imputing blame or guilt
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