advance

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verb

ad·​vance əd-ˈvan(t)s How to pronounce advance (audio)
advanced; advancing

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
advancer noun

advance

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noun

1
: a moving forward
halted the enemy's advances
2
a
: 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

advance

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adjective

1
: made, sent, or furnished ahead of time
advance sales
2
: going or situated before
an advance party of soldiers
Phrases
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
Choose the Right Synonym for advance

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Menlo advanced to the semifinals Wednesday at home against Los Gatos. Darren Sabedra, The Mercury News, 19 Feb. 2024 However, in 2023 luxury consumers hit the pause button and revenues advanced only about 4% to $387 billion. Pamela N. Danziger, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 With all the cars running at similar speeds, bump-drafting and blocking are heavily used to advance or defend positions. Travis Caldwell, CNN, 18 Feb. 2024 Though hospice was formally established as a Medicare benefit during President Ronald Reagan's first term, President Carter was among the early advocates for advancing end-of-life care. Kyler Alvord, Peoplemag, 18 Feb. 2024 But that wasn’t enough for Jaquez to advance past the first round. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 18 Feb. 2024 It's being produced in partnership with Family Equality, a nonprofit committed to advancing equality in the family-building space for the LGBTQ+ community. Maressa Brown, Parents, 16 Feb. 2024 For example, suppressive fire can force ground troops to shelter in trenches or bunkers and prevent them from advancing across open ground. Paul Lushenko, The Conversation, 16 Feb. 2024 The pair scored just over two minutes apart midway through the third period Thursday and Hill-Murray advanced to the Class 2A girls’ state hockey tournament with a 5-2 win over Stillwater in the Section 4 championship game. Mike Cook, Twin Cities, 16 Feb. 2024
Noun
For years, hospitals and insurers have been disregarding rules requiring them to disclose prices to patients in advance of care. Jem Aswad, Variety, 20 Feb. 2024 Be sure to schedule appointments well in advance, especially during peak visitation times such as spring break and summer vacation. Christopher Rim, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 New report traces origin of North Korea’s luxury rides In January, high-ranking North Korean and Russian diplomats met in Moscow in advance of what North Korean state media says is a forthcoming visit to Pyongyang by Putin — his first in more than 20 years. Yoonjung Seo, CNN, 19 Feb. 2024 But unlike the kind of events that occur on a regular schedule and can be planned for months and years in advance, planning for sudden victory parades is by its very nature less thorough. Mike Hendricks, Kansas City Star, 16 Feb. 2024 Residents should schedule a ride at least two business days in advance at (760) 643-5284. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Feb. 2024 Using De Dominicis’ models, the researchers have been able to do just that, visualizing the effects of turbine placements well in advance. Discover Magazine, 16 Feb. 2024 Last year, the rideshare app offered an on-time pick up promise for rides scheduled in advance, paying customers if their car was late. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 15 Feb. 2024 The refunds are only available to fans that purchased their tickets on primary ticketing sites and requests for refunds have to be made at least ten days in advance of the concert. Dave Brooks, Billboard, 7 Feb. 2024
Adjective
At the dinner, the two men, along with others gathered, discussed starting an AI lab that would be transparent, open-source, and dedicated to democratizing the benefits of advance artificial intelligence. Steve Mollman, Fortune, 3 Dec. 2023 While many of the stops are within walking distance of restaurants, shopping, and leaf peeping, those looking to go a little farther can bring a bicycle on board for an additional fee ($3 to $8 per ride), with advance registration. Patricia Harris and David Lyon, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2023 The plaintiffs in Wednesday's suit allege that, unlike the 2019 Florida show, there was no advance notice of the late start, leaving concertgoers hung up waiting for the December show to start. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 18 Jan. 2024 The event will take place from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public with advance registration at jimirsaycollection.com. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 2 Dec. 2023 An article on Friday about Israel’s accusations that several freelance photographers for major news organizations had advance knowledge of the Hamas attack on Oct. 7, based on information from an editor at The Times, misstated when Yousef Masoud woke to the sound of rocket fire. New York Times, 13 Nov. 2023 Admission is free but advance registration is requested. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 While advance tickets have been claimed, free tickets will be available at the box office at the Kennedy Center’s Hall of States beginning at 11 a.m. Noon. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2023 Retail sales were relatively unchanged last month, according to an advance estimate of receipts released Thursday by Statistics Canada. Robb M. Stewart, WSJ, 21 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Advance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/advance. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

advance

1 of 3 verb
ad·​vance əd-ˈvan(t)s How to pronounce advance (audio)
advanced; advancing
1
: to move forward
advance a few yards
2
: to help the progress of
sacrifices that advance the cause of freedom
3
: to raise to a higher rank or position : promote
was advanced from clerk to assistant manager
4
: to give and expect to be paid back
advance a loan
5
: suggest sense 1, propose
advance a new plan
advancer noun

advance

2 of 3 noun
1
: a forward movement
2
: progress in development : improvement
recent advances in medicine
3
: a rise in price, value, or amount
4
: a first step or approach
an unfriendly look discourages advances
5
a
: the giving of something in payment (as money) before goods or services are received
I need an advance on my salary
b
: the money or goods given

advance

3 of 3 adjective
1
: made, sent, or furnished ahead of time
an advance payment
2
: going or situated before
an advance guard
an advance scout

Legal Definition

advance

1 of 2 transitive verb
ad·​vance
advanced; advancing
: 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

2 of 2 noun
: a provision of something (as goods or money) before a return is received
also : the money or goods supplied

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