n. [OE. avancement, F. avancement. See
Advance, v. t.] 1. The act of
advancing, or the state of being advanced; progression; improvement;
furtherance; promotion to a higher place or dignity; as, the
advancement of learning.
In heaven . . . every one (so well they love each other)
rejoiceth and hath his part in each other's advancement.
Sir T. More.
True religion . . . proposes for its end the joint
advancement of the virtue and happiness of the people.
2. An advance of money or value; payment in
advance. See Advance, 5.
3. (Law) Property given, usually by a parent
to a child, in advance of a future distribution.
4. Settlement on a wife, or jointure. [Obs.]