advance

verb
ad·​vance | \ əd-ˈvan(t)s \
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 Her attitude discouraged all advances.
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

lend, loan

Synonyms: Noun

advancement, furtherance, going, headway, march, onrush, passage, process, procession, progress, progression

Antonyms: Verb

borrow

Antonyms: Noun

recess, recession, regress, regression, retreat, retrogression

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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

Often, my migraines seem to come out of nowhere and advance very quickly. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "13 People Explain What It’s Really Like to Have a Migraine," 1 Feb. 2019 Getty ImagesNBC That said, Michael’s second season midlife (well, mid-afterlife) crisis was a great gateway through which to explore components of existentialism (while simultaneously advancing the plot). Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "How Accurate Is The Good Place's Philosophy?," 31 Jan. 2019 In decades past, glaciologists had assumed these ancient features advanced and retreated on epic time scales — not in human lifetimes. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, "East Antarctica's Sleeping Giant Awakes," 17 Aug. 2018 The truth, according to Trump, was that Congress was really just going to advance him some money and Mexico would pay America back later. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "I’m starting to think Mexico isn’t going to pay for the wall," 20 Dec. 2018 Faraday Future believes Evergrande wrongfully withheld this money after agreeing to advance it, and filed a grievance with an arbitration court in Hong Kong (where the Evergrande subsidiary that technically made the investment is headquartered). Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Federal court freezes Faraday Future CEO’s ownership stake, California mansions," 14 Dec. 2018 If the House passes the tax bill, attention will shift to the Senate, where at least nine Democratic votes will be needed to advance it. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "House Republicans Work Against the Clock on Tax Bill," 30 Nov. 2018 But Maryland is taking key steps this summer to advance it. Washington Post, "Maryland races to catch up with Virginia in toll road projects," 30 June 2018 But if leftwing identity politics can be used to thwart progressive economic change, it can also be used to advance it. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Ocasio-Cortez Proved That ‘Identity Politics’ Is an Asset For Berniecrats," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Every official greeted and each posy of flowers presented is meticulously scheduled in advance, carefully typed into detailed operational notes carried by palace aides. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Duchess Meghan Shared Touching Messages with Vulnerable Women During Bristol Visit," 1 Feb. 2019 For the past several years, many Super Bowl advertisers have released their commercials online days or even weeks in advance, hoping to capitalize on the extra exposure and attention. Suzanne Vranica, WSJ, "Shhh! The Surprise Super Bowl Ad Is Back in Vogue," 1 Feb. 2019 Wendy thanks everyone in advance for their well-wishes and for respecting her and The Hunter Family's privacy during this time. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Wendy Williams to Spend a "Significant Time" Hospitalized Due to Graves' Disease," 18 Jan. 2019 That’s just frightening how much you guys have planned out that far in advance. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "This Is Us Will Reveal 'All the Answers' Next Week, So Get Ready," 15 Jan. 2019 Book a table in advance or make a reservation for the private dining room—decorated with a conceptual chandelier from designer Lindsey Adelman—to enjoy Marchand’s seasonal cuisine, like fluke carpaccio and halibut grenobloise. Town & Country, "Inside NYC's Latest Hub for Design, Dining, and Culture," 27 Dec. 2018 The judge barred the testimony after prosecutors missed a deadline requiring advance notice to the defense of such experts. Matthew Barakat, Fox News, "Jury hears closing arguments in trial for slain officer," 25 Sep. 2018 The judge barred the testimony after prosecutors missed a deadline requiring advance notice to the defense of such experts. Matthew Barakat, The Seattle Times, "Jury hears closing arguments in trial for slain officer," 25 Sep. 2018 The company behind the scooters, Bird, launched in the affluent beachside city last September with little advance notice, but its product was suddenly everywhere, littering sidewalks and clogging bike paths. NBC News, "The next Uber? Scooter startups flood U.S. cities as funding pours in," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The measure would close a loophole that drug traffickers exploit: While private shippers like FedEx and UPS are required to obtain advance electronic information on most shipments, the Postal Service is not. Matthew Garcia, Washington Post, "What A U.S.-China Trade War Could Mean For The Opioid Epidemic," 9 July 2018 Special counsel Robert Mueller is now investigating the whether people close to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign had advance knowledge of WikiLeaks’ plans. Michael Balsamo, The Seattle Times, "House GOP campaign arm targeted by ‘unknown entity’ in 2018," 4 Dec. 2018 Then, when questions were raised about Stone’s claims to have advance knowledge of Assange’s plans, Stone put out a story that all his contact with WikiLeaks in 2016 was actually through an intermediary: Credico. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Robert Mueller’s investigators just keep questioning Roger Stone’s associates," 11 Aug. 2018 The measure would close a loophole that drug traffickers exploit: While private shippers like FedEx and UPS are required to obtain advance electronic information on most shipments, the Postal Service is not. Matthew Garcia, Washington Post, "What A U.S.-China Trade War Could Mean For The Opioid Epidemic," 9 July 2018 The measure would close a loophole that drug traffickers exploit: While private shippers like FedEx and UPS are required to obtain advance electronic information on most shipments, the Postal Service is not. Matthew Garcia, USA TODAY, "What a U.S.-China trade war could mean for opioid epidemic," 6 July 2018 Beyond offering customers more advance e-commerce options, Walmart has in recent years given store workers raises in an effort to improve what had been weaker customer service scores and remodeled many stores. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Walmart Adds Chief Customer Officer Role to Further Integrate Stores and E-Commerce," 3 July 2018 While any increase means higher premiums for consumers who do not qualify for government subsidies, known as advance premium tax credits, the vast majority of Obamacare consumers who do qualify will see a much smaller increase. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "South Florida's 3 Obamacare providers file proposals to return in 2019," 22 June 2018 But any such flight would require advance warning, enough to launch spacecraft on missions laster longer than a year to reach the target far enough out to deflect it from Earth. William Harwood, CBS News, "NASA asteroid-watchers team up on emergency plan with White House, FEMA," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of advance

Verb

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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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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 \
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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