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advancement (n.)

c. 1300, avauncement, "a raising to a higher rank," also "promotion, assistance," from Old French avancement "advancement; profit, advance payment," from avancir "move forward" (see advance (v.)). Meaning "act of helping to move something forward" is from 1550s. The unetymological -d- is from 16c.

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Definitions of advancement from WordNet

advancement (n.)
encouragement of the progress or growth or acceptance of something;
Synonyms: promotion / furtherance
advancement (n.)
gradual improvement or growth or development;
advancement of knowledge
Synonyms: progress
advancement (n.)
the act of moving forward (as toward a goal);
Synonyms: progress / progression / procession / advance / forward motion / onward motion
From wordnet.princeton.edu