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advance

verb ad·vance \ əd-ˈvan(t)s \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of advance

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

Examples of advance in a Sentence

  1. The car advanced slowly down the street.

  2. The sun slowly advanced across the sky.

  3. She opened the door and advanced cautiously into the room.

  4. advance the hands of a clock

  5. The film is advanced by an electric motor.

  6. The team advanced the ball steadily down the field.

  7. Our understanding of this disease has advanced rapidly in recent years.

  8. The team did not advance beyond the first round of the play-offs.

  9. The company tries to keep up with advancing technology.

  10. As he advanced in age and stature he advanced in knowledge.

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Origin and Etymology of 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-

advance Synonyms

Synonyms
lend, loan
Antonyms
borrow
Related Words
furnish, give, grant; lease, let [chiefly British], rent
Near Antonyms
receive, take

Synonym Discussion of 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

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advance

noun

Definition of advance

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
  • 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

Examples of advance in a Sentence

  1. trying to halt the enemy's advance

  2. trying to halt the enemy's advances

  3. a big advance in technology

  4. The new system represents a considerable advance over the old one.

  5. There have been few advances made in the treatment of this disease.

  6. There has been little advance made in the treatment of this disease.

  7. The workers won wage advances.

  8. a yearlong advance in stock prices

Recent Examples of advance from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of advance

derivative of 1advance (or borrowed from French avance, going back to Middle French, noun derivative of avancer)


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advance

adjective

Definition of advance

1 : made, sent, or furnished ahead of time
  • advance sales
2 : going or situated before
  • an advance party of soldiers

Examples of advance in a Sentence

  1. an advance copy of a new book

Recent Examples of advance from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'advance.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of advance

derivative of 2advance



ADVANCE Defined for English Language Learners

advance

verb

Definition of advance for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of advance for English Language Learners

  • : forward movement

  • : progress in the development or improvement of something

  • : a rise in price, value, or amount


advance

adjective

Definition of advance for English Language Learners

  • : made, sent, or provided at an early time

  • : going or placed before others


ADVANCE Defined for Kids

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advance

verb ad·vance \ əd-ˈvans \

Definition of advance for Students

advanced; advancing
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 1
  • The candidate advanced a new plan.

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advance

noun

Definition of advance for Students

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.

Law Dictionary

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advance

transitive verb ad·vance

legal Definition of advance

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

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advance

noun

legal Definition of advance

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


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