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 Illinois also signed a separate PED agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the initial Brandon Road design to fund a portion of the project’s design and advance the full project design efforts to approximately 30% completion. Scott Mcclallen, Washington Examiner, "Michigan, Illinois pursue project to prevent invasive carp, share costs," 8 Jan. 2021 Washington needed to win on Sunday night to advance to the playoffs. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "When it’s sunny in Philadelphia, will Jalen Hurts be the quarterback?," 5 Jan. 2021 The comments came a day after Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson made a move that many felt was disrespectful to the game — and one that cost the Giants a chance to advance to the postseason. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, "Giants coach vows never to ‘disrespect the game’ a day after Eagles appear to do so," 5 Jan. 2021 In a rematch against Prosper that determined which team would advance to the state semifinals, Denton Guyer defensive end Cooper Lanz delivered one of the best performances of his high school career. Tess Demeyer, Dallas News, "Defensive player of the week (Jan. 3): Denton Guyer DE Cooper Lanz," 3 Jan. 2021 Before the general election, Haley campaigned in-person for Loeffler, who beat fellow Republican Rep. Doug Collins to advance to the runoff against Democrat Raphael Warnock. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Nikki Haley's stops for Georgia senators caps slew of appearances to help GOP candidates," 1 Jan. 2021 But to Ohio State senior defensive end, the stakes of playing to advance to the national championship game offset the potential pleasures. Ted Lewis, NOLA.com, "Sugar Bowl notebook: Sometimes large disparity emerges in top-tier bowl games," 31 Dec. 2020 Candidates whose teams advance to the Super Bowl, though, can engage in second interviews during the bye week after the conference title games. Jarrett Bell, USA Today, "Eric Bieniemy is ready to be a head coach. Which NFL team will finally take him?," 30 Dec. 2020 The team scored a 7-0 victory over the Czech Republic on Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals. Dan Mcgowan, BostonGlobe.com, "Governor Gina Raimondo for commerce secretary? Honestly, who knows?," 30 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Joe’s Pub will broadcast this latest iteration on its website on Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern time; streaming passes are free but must be reserved in advance. New York Times, "5 Things to Do This Weekend," 7 Jan. 2021 Everything was planned so far in advance and my spring was packed with speaking engagements. Ann Patchett, Harper's Magazine, "These Precious Days," 5 Jan. 2021 The construction company will notify residents at least 24 hours in advance by dropping off door hangers. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "North Ridgeville beginning to see daylight on Center Ridge Road project," 4 Jan. 2021 Interested parties may pick up a packet in person but a pick-up time must be scheduled in advance by contacting the city secretary’s office at 972-744-4290 or by e-mail at aimee.nemer@cor.gov. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Richardson residents can file for city council election beginning next week," 4 Jan. 2021 Reservations must be made in advance at scouts-419.square.site. oregonlive, "Recycle Christmas greenery: Trash haulers and scouts are here to help," 2 Jan. 2021 Eads noted that much of the flowers and plants for the floats come out of South America, and need to be ordered at least six months in advance. Michael Schneider, chicagotribune.com, "How the Rose Parade will look different (and not be a parade) on New Year’s Day 2021," 31 Dec. 2020 This event requires students to sign up in advance by visiting www.threerivers.edu/super-saturday to reserve their appointment. courant.com, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 31 Dec. 2020 Moskowitz said he is only told how many doses a shipment will contain about a week in advance. Annie Martin, orlandosentinel.com, "Here’s how to find out when more vaccine doses arrive in Central Florida and how far we are from herd immunity," 31 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Staff expects to have the devices ready for circulation by Dec. 15, with advance reservations available sometime next week, said Jo Giudice, director of the Dallas Public Library. Dallas News, "Dallas adds 2,100 mobile hot spot devices to library system," 4 Dec. 2020 Visitor capacity reduced and controlled, advance reservations required; temperature checks for visitors and staff. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, "26 safe — and fun — excursions in L.A. for pandemic-weary parents," 1 Dec. 2020 County guidelines require visitors to make advance reservations, and visitors must wear masks and practice social distancing. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Napa and Sonoma wineries, still open for tastings, saw plenty of weekend visitors despite lockdown news," 9 Dec. 2020 Already, the election has highlighted deficiencies in New York’s electoral procedures and let Ms. Tenney, who has a history of making incendiary remarks, advance conservative claims about voting irregularities. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Fight for Upstate New York House Race Continues in Court," 6 Dec. 2020 The top three teams and top 10 individuals not on qualifying teams advance to the UIL state meet that will be Nov. 23-24 in Round Rock. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Regional cross country: Lovejoy sweeps team titles in Region II; move to Prosper Rock Hill pays off for senior," 9 Nov. 2020 Space is limited and advance purchase is necessary. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 25 Sep. 2020 Destructive wildfires are also tearing through parts of Oregon and Washington state, while California this year has seen fires advance with unprecedented ferocity and speed. CBS News, "Crews search for missing as California fires put thousands under orders to evacuate," 10 Sep. 2020 There also will be advance online ticketing, limited capacity with timed ticketing and no cash will be accepted. USA TODAY, "Rock Hall, Hard Rock resort, full-service gas: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 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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Last Updated

15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Advance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/advance. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for advance

advance

verb
How to pronounce advance (audio)

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.
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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