Preferment
Preferment Pre*fer"ment, n. 1. The act of choosing, or the state of being chosen; preference. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Natural preferment of the one . . . before the other. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

2. The act of preferring, or advancing in dignity or office; the state of being advanced; promotion. [1913 Webster]

Neither royal blandishments nor promises of valuable preferment had been spared. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. A position or office of honor or profit; as, the preferments of the church. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • preferment — pre·fer·ment /pri fər mənt/ n 1: advancement or promotion in office or station 2: the act of preferring (as charges) without preferment of allegations Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • preferment — pre‧fer‧ment [prɪˈfɜːmənt ǁ ɜːr ] noun [uncountable] formal when someone is given a more important job: • He is hoping for political preferment. * * * preferment UK US /prɪˈfɜːmənt/ noun [U] HR ► the process by which someone receives a more… …   Financial and business terms

  • preferment — mid 15c., from PREFER (Cf. prefer) + MENT (Cf. ment) …   Etymology dictionary

  • preferment — *advancement, promotion, elevation Analogous words: advance, progress (see under ADVANCE vb 2): rising or rise, ascending or ascent (see corresponding verbs at RISE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • preferment — ► NOUN ▪ promotion or appointment to a position or office …   English terms dictionary

  • preferment — [prē fʉr′mənt, prifʉr′mənt] n. 1. the act of preferring 2. an advancement in rank or office; promotion 3. an office, rank, or honor to which a person is advanced …   English World dictionary

  • preferment — [[t]prɪfɜ͟ː(r)mənt[/t]] preferments N VAR Preferment is the act of being given a better and more important job in an organization. [FORMAL] He was told by the governors that he could expect no further preferment. Syn: advancement, promotion …   English dictionary

  • preferment — noun Date: 15th century 1. a. advancement or promotion in dignity, office, or station b. a position or office of honor or profit 2. priority or seniority in right especially to receive payment or to purchase property on equal terms with others 3 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • preferment — /pri ferr meuhnt/, n. 1. the act of preferring. 2. the state of being preferred. 3. advancement or promotion, esp. in the church. 4. a position or office affording social or pecuniary advancement. [1425 75; late ME; see PREFER, MENT] * * * …   Universalium

  • preferment — noun a) advancement to a higher position or office; promotion b) a position that provides profit or prestige …   Wiktionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”