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 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



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 To help dog owners recognize symptoms of lameness and educate them on how to seek appropriate treatment before the condition has advanced, Millis launched Karen Angel, USA TODAY, "Physical therapy for dogs? Some owners turn to rehab to manage chronic pain, avoid costly surgery," 30 Nov. 2019 Mount Union is 104-17 in the postseason and have advanced to the Stagg Bowl 21 times since 1993 with a record 13 National Championships. Branson Wright, cleveland, "NCAA D2/3 playoffs: Dynamic offenses clash when Notre Dame College plays at Kutztown and Mount Union hosts North Central," 29 Nov. 2019 Including this season, WeBo has advanced past the regional round of the playoffs six times. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Western Boone football sticks to four pillars of success on way to state championship," 28 Nov. 2019 An uneven playing field’ As forensic technology has advanced, many constituencies beyond law enforcement have come to enjoy its power — the armed services, intelligence agencies, even corporate investigative outfits. New York Times, "Imagine Being on Trial. With Exonerating Evidence Trapped on Your Phone.," 22 Nov. 2019 Hill also objected to claims that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 elections, a debunked conspiracy theory Republicans have advanced throughout the inquiry to defend Trump's demands of Ukraine to investigate corruption as a legitimate concern. Shani Benezra, CBS News, "This week on "Face the Nation," November 24, 2019: Himes, Conway, Armstrong," 22 Nov. 2019 Alexander Vindman went so far as to identify the possible source of the erroneous belief advanced by right-wing media that Ukrainians took part in the 2016 election to the detriment of the Trump campaign. Bill Lambrecht,, "Rep. Joaquin Castro’s questioning elicited damning ‘quid pro quo’ testimony," 21 Nov. 2019 After being advanced by the committee earlier this year, the dual resides proposal now rests in the hands of a consultant tasked with fleshing out the plan. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Here's how to share your opinion with JCPS about changes to student assignment, magnets," 18 Nov. 2019 This is the fifth time in the last six seasons that Clay-Chalkville has advanced to the quarterfinals. Josh Bean |, al, "Birmingham HS football: Get ready for Round 3 playoff games," 18 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children in advance or $9 and $7 at the door., "Religion Briefs: Live Nativity at Faith Lutheran returns for 38th consecutive year," 30 Nov. 2019 Cook’s note: Sandwiches can be brushed with sauce, covered and refrigerated up to 1 day in advance. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Leftovers: 10 tips for storing leftovers and recipes to try," 29 Nov. 2019 Others, such as the electronics chains AO World Plc and Dixons Carphone Plc, plan promotions with suppliers months in advance. Andrea Felsted, Fortune, "Black Friday Boycotts in Europe Could Help Retailers’ Bottom Line," 28 Nov. 2019 Here are some of ADOT's tips for winter travelers: Plan your route in advance. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Arizona road updates: Storm to impact travel on I-17, I-40 in northern Arizona," 27 Nov. 2019 To get yours, make sure to place your order 45 minutes in advance to give the kitchen enough time to prep. Read more about Guard and Grace on CHRON.COM: Guard and Grace steakhouse ready to impress Houston Marcy de Luna is a reporter. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's Guard and Grace steakhouse ups the ante with $400 'Millionaire Fajitas'," 27 Nov. 2019 Next year, start planning a couple months in advance. Ashley Mcdonough, Essence, "7 Tips To Help You Budget For The Holidays," 26 Nov. 2019 After first pitting the technology against a human last year, IBM challenged it to present opposing arguments, in a display of its latest advances. Washington Post, "In a first, IBM’s computer debater faces off against itself," 22 Nov. 2019 Visitors can buy deeply discounted $49 lift tickets in advance and use them on select dates throughout winter. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "21 Ski Trip Deals You Need to Book Now," 22 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Trump says Schiff 'helped write' whistleblower complaint, after House panel admits advance knowledge A spokesman for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif. Fox News, "Biden and Trump trade barbs in Ukraine call uproar; Schiff under scrutiny after whistleblower revelation," 3 Oct. 2019 As always, training camps are free, but two of the three teams now require advance tickets. Los Angeles Times, "Free tickets to see Rams and Chargers practice at SoCal training camps," 31 July 2019 Get advance tickets for $30.They'll cost $35 at the door. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Try 16 of Indianapolis’ best burgers for one price at the Indy Burger Battle," 22 July 2019 Make advance reservations at John Wenzel, The Know, "Major Homer, Remington show comes to Denver Art Museum, plus more Colorado arts news," 9 July 2019 But Mais told Borea the Insurance Department regulates the industry according to state law and does not advance policy, which is the jurisdiction of the General Assembly. Stephen Singer,, "Connecticut health insurers defend higher rates for 2020 as consumer advocates urge state regulators to slow steadily rising costs," 4 Sep. 2019 Second, Guadalcanal also highlights the importance of being able to rapidly build and defend advance bases. Benjamin Jensen, The Conversation, "A World War II battle holds key lessons for modern warfare," 25 July 2019 Fried could not disclose who had submitted advance bids but said interest appeared intense. NBC News, "Ebony and Jet magazines transformed the narrative of black America. Now, their photo archive is up for sale.," 17 July 2019 In society at large, environmentalists and animal-rights activists advance arguments about animal welfare and meat-eating. Ingfei Chen, The New Yorker, "The Persuasive Power of the Wolf Lady," 29 May 2019

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First Known Use of advance


1538, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1570, in the meaning defined at sense 3


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 1538

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3 Dec 2019

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“Advance.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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