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 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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That means a needle, under ultrasound guidance, is advanced into the ovaries to extract eggs. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Surrogacy? The Process, Types, and Costs, Explained by Experts," 1 May 2019 The characters, night crawlers, really, are observed surreptitiously advancing to an unknown destination, their motivation unclear. Vogue, "If You Loved The OA, You'll Love Vince's New Film for Spring ’19," 5 Feb. 2019 Not coincidentally, those are the last two seasons the Brewers advanced to the postseason. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Brewers looking to go big with Manny Machado, who is an absolutely perfect fit," 13 July 2018 After advancing into the magnificent courtyard, viewers ascended a spiraling staircase illuminated by Marcel Wander’s Venezia lanterns. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "The Most Mesmerizing Design Moments of Salone del Mobile," 18 Apr. 2019 With his life under constant threat because of his work to advance the rights of black people in the U.S., King spoke on several occasions about his own death. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Died Because of Hatred. That Should Not Be Whitewashed," 4 Apr. 2019 Not every day does the Supreme Court have a chance to advance democracy and reverse a major mistake while also lightening its future workload. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Richard Raile, WSJ, "Gerrymandering Disputes Don’t Belong in Court," 25 Mar. 2019 France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made a great save in each half, denying the potent Belgian attack of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, and Romelu Lukaku the chance to advance the country to its first major final. Stephen Douglas, BostonGlobe.com, "France reaches World Cup final with win over Belgium," 10 July 2018 In the event of a tie after the first round, participants will get 90 seconds to participate in a swing-off for the opportunity to advance to the final. Staff Report, courant.com, "Reading's Kilome Shuts Down Yard Goats," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Their officiant, Jesse Grice (who is also an Elvis impersonator) told TMZ that the Jonases booked the entire venue, the Little White Wedding Chapel, a week in advance. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Has Officially Changed Her Last Name to Jonas After Her Surprise Wedding," 2 May 2019 The company places its orders for titanium, one of the metals used in its components, more than 12 months in advance. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Boeing Suppliers Seek to Manage Uncertainty as 737 MAX Remains Grounded," 29 Apr. 2019 Also, according to Decider, Netflix lets users know if a show is leaving a month in advance. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Is 'The Office' Really Leaving Netflix? NBC Might Finally Be Pulling the Show," 25 Apr. 2019 The state's much lesser known wildflower super bloom will happen sometime around mid-July and August, so plan your trip accordingly—and far in advance. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "California is Having Another Lesser Known Super Bloom—This Time in The Mountains," 17 Apr. 2019 Aim to begin studying at least one month in advance. Teen Vogue, "How to Study for Finals: 22 Fail-Proof Study Tips for Students," 9 Apr. 2019 Experiments should ideally be announced in advance, have a clear mission statement, and report how the trial went. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 25 Mar. 2019 The Sanders campaign said in a memo prepared in advance of the trip that the pathway to victory runs through the Midwest. Scott Bauer, The Seattle Times, "Sanders promises to win back Midwest states Trump captured," 13 Apr. 2019 Among the documents released Friday are interviews with former Fed leaders Paul Volcker, Alan Greenspan and Janet Yellen as part of an oral history project in advance of the central bank’s centennial in 2013. David Harrison, WSJ, "Interview Transcripts Tell Story of Fed Over Past 50 Years," 12 Apr. 2019

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 To avoid a catastrophe like Gold King, EPA officials now require advance approval for work on many mining sites. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "50M gallons of polluted water pours daily from US mine sites," 20 Feb. 2019 Particularly notable were his drives to rein in Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, advance civil rights and set up a system for postwar geopolitical governance. Amity Shlaes, WSJ, "‘The Improbable Wendell Willkie’ Review: The Great Disruptor," 13 Sep. 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, 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

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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 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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