ad·​vance | \ əd-ˈvan(t)s How to pronounce advance (audio) \
advanced; advancing

Definition of advance

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to accelerate the growth or progress of advance a cause
2 : to bring or move forward advance a pawn
3 : to raise to a higher rank was advanced from clerk to assistant manager
4 archaic : to lift up : raise
5 : to bring forward in time especially : to make earlier advance the date of the meeting
6 : to bring forward for notice, consideration, or acceptance : propose advance an idea
7 : to supply or furnish in expectation of repayment advance a loan
8 : to raise in rate : increase advance the rent

intransitive verb

1 : to move forward : proceed an advancing army
2 : to make progress : increase advance in age
3 : to rise in rank, position, or importance advance through the ranks
4 : to rise in rate or price advancing wages



Definition of advance (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a moving forward halted the enemy's advances
2a : progress in development … mistaking material advance for spiritual enrichment.— H. J. Laski
b : a progressive step : improvement an advance in medical technique
3 : a rise in price, value, or amount The workers won wage advances.
4 : a first step or approach made (as to gain favor or form an acquaintance) especially : the act of speaking to someone in an effort to start a sexual relationship usually plural She rejected his advances. The report alleges that the supervisor repeatedly made unwanted/improper sexual advances towards subordinates.
5 : a provision of something (such as money or goods) before a return is received I need an advance on my salary. also : the money or goods supplied received a $100,000 advance on his new book
in advance
1 : to, toward, or in a place or position ahead sent scouts out in advance
2 : before a deadline or an anticipated event made reservations in advance
in advance of
: ahead of made preparations several days in advance of her arrival



Definition of advance (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : made, sent, or furnished ahead of time advance sales
2 : going or situated before an advance party of soldiers

Other Words from advance


advancer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for advance

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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advance, promote, forward, further mean to help (someone or something) to move ahead. advance stresses effective assisting in hastening a process or bringing about a desired end. advance the cause of peace promote suggests an encouraging or fostering and may denote an increase in status or rank. a campaign to promote better health forward implies an impetus forcing something ahead. a wage increase would forward productivity further suggests a removing of obstacles in the way of a desired advance. used the marriage to further his career

Examples of advance in a Sentence

Verb The car advanced slowly down the street. The sun slowly advanced across the sky. She opened the door and advanced cautiously into the room. advance the hands of a clock The film is advanced by an electric motor. The team advanced the ball steadily down the field. Our understanding of this disease has advanced rapidly in recent years. The team did not advance beyond the first round of the play-offs. The company tries to keep up with advancing technology. As he advanced in age and stature he advanced in knowledge. Noun trying to halt the enemy's advance trying to halt the enemy's advances a big advance in technology The new system represents a considerable advance over the old one. There have been few advances made in the treatment of this disease. There has been little advance made in the treatment of this disease. The workers won wage advances. a yearlong advance in stock prices Adjective an advance copy of a new book See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Benattar says that productions may decide to advance their shooting schedules in India because of the incentive. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 22 May 2022 Efforts to levy taxes on the net worth of the richest Americans have failed to advance in Congress in recent years. Tami Luhby, CNN, 22 May 2022 After the Buckeyes loaded the bases with two hits and a walk in the bottom of the seventh, Haendiges set down the final three Ohio State hitters, the final two by strikeout, to help the Beavers advance in the winners’ bracket. oregonlive, 20 May 2022 Curry beat Madison County 5-3 to advance in the winners bracket. Reports, al, 19 May 2022 Doncic led the Mavericks to a dominant 123-90 win over the Suns to advance to Dallas' fifth Western Conference Final in franchise history, the first since Dallas won it all in 2011. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 16 May 2022 In other words, in order to succeed, the minority individuals must do more to advance in their careers. Clint Coghill, Forbes, 13 May 2022 The aid package will need 60 votes to advance in the Senate, which is split 50-50 between the parties. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, 11 May 2022 Recently an urgent White House request for $22.5 billion for COVID priorities failed to advance in Congress. Heather Hollingsworth And Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Chron, 6 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Katie Britt and Mo Brooks advance to runoff in Alabama Senate. ... Mark Murray, NBC News, 25 May 2022 If no candidate in a primary election gets a majority of the votes, the two top voter-getters advance to a June 21 runoff election. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 24 May 2022 Winner of the eight super regionals advance to the Women’s College World Series, June 2-10 in Oklahoma City. oregonlive, 22 May 2022 Scott Dixon, Rinus VeeKay, Alex Palou, Marcus Ericsson, Ed Carpenter and Tony Kanaan advance to the final round of qualifying. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 22 May 2022 The West Hollywood financial app has an attractive pitch: cash advance with no fees, even without a credit check. Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2022 General Admission tickets are $70 in advance (plus taxes and fees) can be purchased online. Baltimore Sun, 20 May 2022 If the Avalanche advance, that’s four more games to watch him. Matt Porter,, 19 May 2022 The top three teams and four individuals not from those squads advance to the Northern California tournament at Berkeley Country Club on May 23. Mitch Stephens, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The contracts formally forbid nudity in any auditions and require employers to give performers advance notice of any partial or full nudity required by a job. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 May 2022 No, Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen did not testify that Trump had advance knowledge of any meeting between the Russians and his campaign. David Harsanyi, National Review, 30 Mar. 2022 In addition to executive-session provisions, the law has numerous sections, such as how the entity has to provide advance notice of the meeting, how minutes of the meeting need to be kept and exemptions to the public-meeting law. Laura Hancock, cleveland, 9 Mar. 2022 The Wisconsin Republican has claimed — without evidence — that the FBI had advance knowledge about the Jan. 6 insurrection but failed to stop it. Jennifer Haberkorn Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2022 The fourth piece Webb emphasized was the Osundairo brothers could not have attacked Smollett without advance knowledge. Omar Jimenez, CNN, 9 Dec. 2021 In 1994, an investigation at the Naval Academy implicated about 125 midshipmen in a scheme that involved having advance knowledge of answers to an engineering exam. New York Times, 21 Dec. 2020 Through its sources, the Bureau also had advance knowledge of the unfolding attempt on Malcolm’s life, and likely knew of its rough schedule. Les Payne, The New Yorker, 27 Aug. 2020 One museum will require advance reservations and proof of vaccination, another will wave a drop-in through the front door, no questions asked and mask optional. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of advance


1538, in the meaning defined at sense 2


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for advance


Middle English advauncen, alteration (with initial a- taken as assimilated form of Latin ad- ad-) of avauncen, borrowed from Anglo-French avancer, going back to Vulgar Latin *abantiāre, verbal derivative of Latin abante "before, in front," from ab- ab- + ante "before" — more at ante-


derivative of advance entry 1 (or borrowed from French avance, going back to Middle French, noun derivative of avancer)


derivative of advance entry 2

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ad·​vance | \ əd-ˈvans How to pronounce advance (audio) \
advanced; advancing

Kids Definition of advance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to move forward Advance your piece five spaces on your next turn.
2 : to help the progress of Laws were passed that advance freedom.
3 : to raise to a higher rank : promote She was advanced from teller to assistant bank manager.
4 : to give ahead of time My boss advanced me 100 dollars from my wages.
5 : propose sense 1 The candidate advanced a new plan.



Kids Definition of advance (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a forward movement Troops tried to halt the enemy's advance.
2 : progress in development : improvement advances in medicine
3 : a rise in price, value, or amount
4 : a first step or approach friendly advances
5 : money given ahead of the usual time I asked for an advance on my salary.
in advance
: before an expected event You knew a week in advance about the test.


transitive verb
advanced; advancing

Legal Definition of advance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to supply or provide ahead of time: as
a : to give (a gift) by way of or as an advancement
b : to supply (as money) beforehand in expectation of repayment or other future adjustment



Legal Definition of advance (Entry 2 of 2)

: a provision of something (as goods or money) before a return is received also : the money or goods supplied

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