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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His primary focus revolves around expanding the arts, community building and advancing education. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Photo stirs up pleasant memories of great kids: Whit & Whimsey," 7 Feb. 2020 This season marks the 30th anniversary of Xavier's win over Georgetown in the 1990 NCAA Tournament that advanced the Musketeers to the Sweet 16. Adam Baum,, "Xavier basketball's going for a Big East win streak Saturday against the Providence Friars," 7 Feb. 2020 Among the Greeks who advanced too rapidly was Aeschylus’s own brother Cynaegirus, who threw himself onto an enemy ship. National Geographic, "At the Battle of Marathon, Athens' underdog victory stunned Persia," 6 Feb. 2020 Dad bod and other symptoms of advancing age have overtaken many of the guys, while a good number of the women tend to be fitter, sleeker, better dressed, and hotter than ever. Holly Ojalvo, Quartz, "Your amazement at J Lo is ageist as hell," 5 Feb. 2020 This research will help advance cancer treatments for humans as well, so there’s the potential to save millions of lives of all species. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This very good dog will appear in a Super Bowl ad for the UW-Madison program that saved his life," 28 Jan. 2020 Trump’s legal team is prepared to defend him by advancing arguments that there was no crime laid out in the abuse of power impeachment article, and there was no obstruction of Congress based on a strong view of executive power. Tessa Berenson, Time, "Alan Dershowitz, Kenneth Starr to Join Trump Impeachment Defense Team," 17 Jan. 2020 In September 1941, as the Nazis advanced eastward, Salka’s mother was finally allowed to board a ship for the United States. Ruth Franklin, Harper's magazine, "Salka the Salonnière," 6 Jan. 2020 As attribution science has advanced, researchers have been able to tackle increasingly complex events, like hurricanes and wildfires, which were previously too complicated to evaluate with any confidence. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "These Are the Biggest Climate Questions for the New Decade," 4 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Because of the large number of inquires about the Takeover events, the Free Press will announce tickets sales in advance, so guests will have a better chance of landing them before they're gone. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Get Ready for Top 10 Takeover dining series: Register for updates," 9 Feb. 2020 What this really amounts to is a failure of the provider and insurer to work these things out in advance. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Texas House Rep. Tom Oliverson discusses health care legislation," 7 Feb. 2020 Boards want bosses with an ever-broader set of skills; the rise of private equity means more churn; demand in emerging markets is increasing; and companies are planning succession years in advance. The Economist, "The week in charts Shrek 5: the headhunters," 7 Feb. 2020 Sean Highkin of Bleacher Report thinks the format should feature an All-Star draft just before game time and not in advance. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The internet poked fun at Giannis Antetokounmpo's selections in the All-Star draft," 7 Feb. 2020 The suspension affects programs like Global Entry, which allows eligible travelers to pay a fee and submit identification documents in advance in exchange for reduced wait times when returning to the U.S. from traveling abroad. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "DHS suspends New Yorkers' access to Global Entry travel program after state enacts sanctuary law," 6 Feb. 2020 Tours are $99 for adults, $69 for children (ages 3-17) and $1 for infants, but get $20 off for each paying passenger in your group when booking more than 30 days in advance. Drake Wilson, Sunset Magazine, "Find Wine, Whales, and Water Adventures in Washington’s Scenic Puget Sound," 3 Feb. 2020 Louisville basketball coach Chris Mack talks in advance to the team's game at NC State. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Your scouting report for Louisville basketball vs. NC State - and how to watch," 31 Jan. 2020 That’s all a complex way of saying someone who makes coaches’ lives easier by doing a lot of prep work for them, like an advance scout. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Tom Allen's bet on Nick Sheridan begins fascinating offseason for IU football," 9 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Stone's weeklong trial in November revealed the Trump campaign's efforts to seek advance knowledge of emails that were stolen from the Democratic National Committee and published by WikiLeaks, an anti-secrecy group. Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY, "Roger Stone should serve 7 to 9 years in prison for lying to Congress, prosecutors say," 10 Feb. 2020 But judging by advance press, the show is gonna be allusive. Adam Rogers, Wired, "Everything You Need to Watch Before Star Trek: Picard," 15 Jan. 2020 That way, astronomers should have advance notice of where Starlink satellites will be to better plan their observations. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "SpaceX aims to appease astronomers in latest Starlink satellite launch," 6 Jan. 2020 The news comes 150 days ahead of Cedar Point's May 9 opening, but just in time for Santa to go online and buy advance tickets as stocking stuffers, and families to start making summer vacation plans. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Cedar Point will give away free admission for life for 150th anniversary," 11 Dec. 2019 Boeing has refused to refund advance payments for the aircraft, the company said. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "Boeing hit with another lawsuit over troubled 737 Max," 18 Dec. 2019 Park officials require advance reservations, which can be made by calling the park’s visitor’s center at 541.594.3100. Rob Davis | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Crater Lake National Park free snowshoeing tours start for 2019-20 season," 8 Dec. 2019 Jamieson said there is a set of expectations about how a president’s annual exam is handled, which includes the advance public notice that the Trump White House provided for his first two exams. Washington Post, "Trump’s weekend hospital visit draws a skeptical reaction," 19 Nov. 2019 The standout junior has tallied 39 passing touchdowns this season and will look advance to the CIF Southern Section Division 7 final when West Ranch plays at Temecula Valley in the semifinals this week. Staff Report, Orange County Register, "VOTE: Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week (Nov. 22)," 19 Nov. 2019

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

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“Advance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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.



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



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

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


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.
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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