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

lend, loan

Synonyms: Noun

advancement, furtherance, going, headway, march, onrush, passage, process, procession, progress, progression

Antonyms: Verb


Antonyms: Noun

recess, recession, regress, regression, retreat, retrogression

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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


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.


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


an advance copy of a new book
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As the technology advances, AI has gained increasing presence. Frances Yue, USA TODAY, "AI at work: Machines are training human workers to be more compassionate," 23 Aug. 2019 The Centurions return junior Alex Crafton, who shot 74 in the regional and placed second in a state qualifier this summer to advance to the USGA Junior Girls Championship. Steve Gorches,, "Orlando area high school girls golf preview: Lake Mary and Lake Mary Prep on the leader board," 22 Aug. 2019 Gun experts say their popularity has undoubtedly grown as technology has advanced, making the devices lighter weight and less prone to jams. Griff Witte, Anchorage Daily News, "As mass shootings rise, high-capacity magazines should be the focus of lawmakers, experts say," 19 Aug. 2019 But as the Albanians advanced, they were met with a hail of sniper bullets. The Economist, "Confessions of an Islamic State fighter," 16 Aug. 2019 Adrian Krainer, a biochemist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, who worked with Ionis to develop nusinersen, says his team is working on advancing ASO technology to more accurately inhibit or upregulate RNA activity to influence protein production. Bret Stetka, Scientific American, "Antisense Drugs for Huntington’s, ALS and Prion Diseases Could Meet the Dire Need for Brain Treatments," 15 Aug. 2019 The Bulldogs won the game in a dramatic double overtime 54-48 victory and would advance to the championship game against Alabama., "College Football’s Top 150 Greatest Photos of All Time," 12 Aug. 2019 Peneff also teamed up with Nicholas Pupiec to advance to the conference doubles championship match against Rosales and Kyle Spiegalman, but the Vaqueros duo defaulted due to an injury. Vincent Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "Looking Back: Conference titles highlight 2018-2019 campaign for Glendale Community College," 9 Aug. 2019 Colapinto only needed a 3.66 to move into advancing position, while Lindblad needed a 3.26. Joe Haakenson, Daily Pilot, "Four surfers from San Clemente advance in U.S. Open Pro Men’s Juniors," 31 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Oregon State is no exception, as the Beavers left Corvallis 48 hours in advance of Saturday night’s game against Hawaii in Aloha Stadium. oregonlive, "Oregon State football’s ‘business trip’ to Hawaii includes a moving stop at Pearl Harbor," 7 Sep. 2019 The Taliban had not agreed to halt their attacks on Americans in advance of a formal agreement. Michael Crowley, New York Times, "Trump Says He’s Called Off Negotiations With Taliban After Afghanistan Bombing," 7 Sep. 2019 Senator Elizabeth Warren declared Tuesday, unveiling her plan to fight climate change in advance of CNN’s interminable townhall event on the topic with ten Democratic presidential candidates. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Climate Change Is a Real Concern — Not an Existential Crisis," 6 Sep. 2019 People can register in advance for the food fair or just show up. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Ministries partners with church to feed the hungry," 5 Sep. 2019 In a phone interview in advance of weekend shows at Metro, Nielsen talked about working with Casablancas, growing up (mostly) without music, and the virtues of not trying too hard. Allison Stewart,, "The fervent fans of the Growlers’ ‘beach goth’ sound only seem like a cult," 5 Sep. 2019 Nick Saban had his weekly radio show Thursday night in advance of Alabama’s home opener against New Mexico State. Matt Zenitz |, al, "Nick Saban talks home opener, Taulia Tagovailoa, O-line," 5 Sep. 2019 In advance of the landing, the Vikram lander has separated from its Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, which launched into space on July 22 and has been circling the moon since Aug. 20. Denise Chow, NBC News, "India's Chandrayaan-2 moon mission prepares for historic lunar landing," 4 Sep. 2019 Note that these experiences are also bound to be incredibly popular, and reservations—which can be made 180 days in advance for Disney resort guests—are highly recommended. Shay Spence,, "Disney World's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Is Now Open! 5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go," 29 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Admission is free and advance registration is recommended. Los Angeles Times, "First-Ever L.A. Street Festival to Premiere FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters September 20-21 in El Segundo," 13 Aug. 2019 Airlines can require advance notice if passengers plan to bring an emotional support animal — several already do — but can’t impose the same requirement for service animals such as guide dogs for the blind. Washington Post, "US lays out enforcement priorities for animals on planes," 9 Aug. 2019 Authorities do not believe the male companion, who had driven to the scene with the shooter and his sister, had advance knowledge of the attack, two law enforcement sources tell CNN. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Police stopped the Dayton shooter in less than 30 seconds," 5 Aug. 2019 Unlike Louisville and its 21-day notice period, New Albany does not have a law requiring officials give homeless camp residents advance notice of plans to clear camps. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "After 'misunderstanding,' New Albany officials say they will not clear out a homeless camp," 27 July 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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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.


transitive verb
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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