advance

verb
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

advance

noun

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

advance

adjective

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

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Other Words from advance

Verb

advancer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for advance

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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Verb

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Philadelphia, coached by Reid, had lost three consecutive NFC title games before beating Atlanta to advance to the Super Bowl in Jacksonville. Barry Wilner, Star Tribune, "Chiefs trying for first Super Bowl repeat win in 16 years," 28 Jan. 2021 The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game on Sunday, 31 to 26, to advance to Super Bowl 55. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs to square off in Super Bowl LV," 25 Jan. 2021 To advance to the NFC championship game, the Saints will first need to defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their divisional round matchup Sunday at 5:40 p.m. at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Kyle Whitfield | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "It's official: Saints-Bucs winner will be headed to face Packers -- and there could be snow," 16 Jan. 2021 Rangers haven’t lost a game in any competition this season, having won their five preseason games, their only Scottish Cup match and three Europa League qualifiers before going 4-0-2 in the group stage games to advance to the knockout phase. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Soccer newsletter: CONCACAF Champions League resumes play this week," 15 Dec. 2020 Columbus beat upstart Nashville with two goals during extra time last Sunday to advance to the conference finals while the team struggled with positive coronavirus cases. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Columbus Crew SC vs. Seattle Sounders MLS Cup 2020 free live stream (12/12/20): How to watch, TV options, live updates, odds," 12 Dec. 2020 Midtown went 9-0 in the season and beat arch-nemesis Weston Tennis Club to advance to the championship tournament. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Midtown Athletic Club women’s tennis captures USTA title," 8 Dec. 2020 But playing the Patriots earlier this season gave Thompson and Hare the understanding of what to exploit to advance to the championship. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "Ty Thompson leads Mesquite's quest to repeat 4A state title entering semifinals," 3 Dec. 2020 As a spectator at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Maradona appeared to collapse and was treated by paramedics as Argentina secured a dramatic late victory over Nigeria to advance to the second round of the tournament. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "Diego Maradona, One of Soccer’s Greatest Players, Is Dead at 60," 25 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This drive-thru event will feature two pasta dinner options (as well as a vegetarian option for those who specify in advance), chamber swag bags and the chance to briefly meet new chamber staff members. Arkansas Online, "Pine Bluff chamber pasta dinner now Feb. 25," 14 Feb. 2021 Baker said states also face difficulties ordering supplies weeks in advance, which impacts planning efforts. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "State COVID-19 call center expands to weekends, Governor Baker says," 13 Feb. 2021 The sauce can be made up to two days in advance and refrigerated. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, "A recipe for a spicy bowl of dan dan noodles that wakes up the taste buds," 12 Feb. 2021 Preparations for the 15-day celebration begin weeks in advance, starting with an obligatory spring cleaning which is thought to sweep away bad luck from the past year. Frances Lee, Woman's Day, "Everything to Know About Lunar New Year's Traditions," 12 Feb. 2021 People who are interested must register in advance by going to www.getsetup.io/michigan or by calling 888-559-1614. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Dearborn Heights man offers $10K for COVID-19 vaccine as desperation mounts in Michigan," 11 Feb. 2021 Caldwell is one of three people authorities have described as Oath Keepers who were charged last month with conspiracy and accused of plotting the attack on the Capitol in advance. Alanna Durkin Richer And Michael Balsamo, Chron, "Man charged in US Capitol riot worked for FBI, lawyer says," 9 Feb. 2021 Caldwell is one of three people authorities have described as Oath Keepers who were charged last month with conspiracy and accused of plotting the attack on the Capitol in advance. CBS News, "Alleged Oath Keepers leader in Capitol riot held top-secret security clearance for decades, lawyer says," 9 Feb. 2021 For those who long for the big sound that Vänskä and the orchestra brought to Orchestra Hall pre-COVID, its recording of Gustav Mahler's 10th Symphony comes out Friday, with advance purchase available on Monday. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, "Minnesota Orchestra's livestreamed concert rich and comforting," 30 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Many of the Boston school district’s 51,000-plus students have been physically away from a classroom since last March, and Walsh acknowledged that parents have struggled with child care, according to an advance copy of his speech. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "Walsh gives what will likely be his farewell State of the City address," 12 Jan. 2021 First were the advance guard of the Capitol riot: a diversion in lipstick and heels. Nina Burleigh, The New Republic, "The Rich Mothers of the Insurrection," 3 Feb. 2021 Although none of Zero Proof’s recipes are difficult, many of them require advance preparation of crucial components: shrubs and syrups. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Mocktail game-changer: New book offers 100 sophisticated booze-free and low-alcohol recipes," 25 Jan. 2021 The advance information about the failure of a new drug in a clinical trial helped his son and others avoid more than $768,000 in stock losses. New York Times, "In Trump’s Pardons, Disdain for Accountability," 20 Jan. 2021 Blaszczak, a Washington consultant and former Medicare official, was sentenced to a year in prison after being convicted in 2018 of giving two hedge funds advance word on changes to government reimbursement rates. Greg Stohr, Bloomberg.com, "Supreme Court Orders New Look at Insider-Trading Convictions," 11 Jan. 2021 The researchers who formulated the vaccine were in the right place at the right time, with funding guarantees and advance-purchase orders. WSJ, "Everybody Wants Credit for the Covid Vaccine," 30 Dec. 2020 In the pre-COVID-19 days, buying such a cheap ticket meant no status upgrades for elite travelers and no advance seat assignments. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "It’s a whole new world of Midwest travel: What rules changed while you were in your basement?," 24 Dec. 2020 But what many people don’t realize is the stimulus payment is an advance credit for 2020. Washington Post, "Get vaccinated, not scammed. Here’s how to avoid covid-19 cons.," 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of advance

Verb

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

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

Adjective

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for advance

Verb

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-

Noun

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

Adjective

derivative of advance entry 2

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The first known use of advance was in the 15th century

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20 Feb 2021

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“Advance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/advance. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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advance

verb

English Language Learners Definition of advance

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to move forward
: to move (someone or something) forward
: to go forward : to make progress : to continue in a process of development, aging, etc.

advance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of advance (Entry 2 of 3)

: forward movement
: progress in the development or improvement of something
: a rise in price, value, or amount

advance

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of advance (Entry 3 of 3)

: made, sent, or provided at an early time
: going or placed before others

advance

verb
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.

advance

noun

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.

advance

transitive verb
ad·​vance
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

advance

noun

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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