Definition of preferment in US English:

preferment

noun

  • Promotion or appointment to a position or office.

    ‘after ordination, preferment was fast’
    ‘he had passed up endless preferments to remain with her’
    • ‘The media love this sort of stuff - and a network of opportunists in the bureaucracy can always be found to present their future masters with the hard evidence in the hopes of future preferment.’
    • ‘Courtenay's aristocratic connections carried him rapidly up the ladder of preferment.’
    • ‘The appointment was the officer's last posting, offering no prospect of promotion or preferment thereafter.’
    • ‘This is why the insiders' network is so strong - its members look after each other with appointments and preferment.’
    • ‘We cannot function as a country if there is politically and legally sanctioned preferment for one group.’
    • ‘But you may be on your way to preferment in the new Administration.’
    • ‘Although he had previously opposed royal policies, he was a believer in firm government and accepted preferment in order to uphold the king's power.’
    • ‘By midwinter these intraband tensions were exacerbated as Big Road's own young men reacted suspiciously to their leader's preferment.’
    • ‘It spread rapidly, to the detriment of Spanish, because it was the new language of government, preferment, and education.’
    • ‘It was at this moment in her day when she received supplicants for preferment in the court, members of the administration or the armed forces over which she wielded great influence.’
    • ‘He secured all kinds of preferment from local cadres, and even several marriage proposals from attractive and ambitious young ladies, before his exposure.’
    • ‘The most credible left wing candidates for succession or preferment would not change much of the last manifesto.’
    • ‘In the race for wealth, honours and preferment [a man] may run as hard as he can and strain every nerve and muscle in order to outstrip all of his competitors.’
    • ‘I think they are more in touch with the part of their organisation that will provide them with preferment in their party.’
    • ‘The monarchs and bierarchs of Bacon's day do appear, but chiefly as recipients of the stream of anxious supplications for preferment Bacon submits throughout his ‘troubled life’.’
    development, progress, evolution, growth, improvement, advance, furtherance, forwarding, expansion, extension, spread
    promotion, advancement, advance, elevation, being upgraded, a rise, betterment, moving up, a step up, a step up the ladder
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Pronunciation

preferment

/prəˈfərmənt//prəˈfərmənt/