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 The White House had already made quiet preparations in the days before Justice Ginsburg’s death to advance a nominee without waiting for voters to decide whether to give Mr. Trump another four years. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, "McConnell Vows Vote on Ginsburg Replacement as Her Death Upends the 2020 Race," 18 Sep. 2020 Content aside, this is not the first time supporters, or even social media savvy teens, have worked the platforms to drive up a hashtag or advance a cause. Shannon Mcgregor, Wired, "What Even Is ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior’ on Platforms?," 17 Sep. 2020 But the idea requires congressional approval and did not advance. News Service Of Florida, sun-sentinel.com, "Rubio and Scott push to keep Florida in daylight saving time year-round," 16 Sep. 2020 Increasing Target’s network of mentors and sponsors to help Black team members accelerate and advance their careers. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Target announces plans to increase representation of Black employees by 20% over next 3 years," 11 Sep. 2020 These seniors, most of whom will advance to finalist status, must submit a scholarship application that includes an outstanding academic record, a recommendation from their schools, an essay, and SAT scores than confirm the results of the PSAT. Colleen Kelly, Star Tribune, "Minnesota seniors named National Merit semifinalists for 2021," 9 Sep. 2020 Pink Aid grants are awarded to recipients whose goals best advance Pink Aid’s mission. courant.com, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 4 Sep. 2020 This is because monuments – whether statues, memorials or obelisks – reveal the values of the time in which they were created and advance the agendas of their creators. Alan Marcus, The Conversation, "Monuments ‘expire’ – but offensive monuments can become powerful history lessons," 4 Sep. 2020 Eugenio Suárez hit one to the wall in right to get Votto in and advance Castellanos to third. John Fay, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds open crucial 10-game road trip with a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates," 4 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Those selected will be notified one week in advance of their proposal date. Resell Larthridge, CNN, "Thinking about popping the question? Let the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile help you out," 20 Sep. 2020 Backing off the mania to replace Ginsburg as quickly as possible would also relieve the pressure on blue state Republicans like Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Susan Collins (Maine) in advance of their long-shot bids to keep their seats. David Faris, TheWeek, "Mitch McConnell's most savage move is to back off," 20 Sep. 2020 Former Velvet Underground vocalist-guitarist Reed traveled to Indiana to rehearse with Mellencamp's band in advance of the Sept. 19 Farm Aid festival in Lincoln, Nebraska. David Lindquist, The Indianapolis Star, "Lou Reed and John Mellencamp shared an Indiana stage in 1987. Now you can watch the show.," 18 Sep. 2020 Auburn began thrice-weekly testing this week in advance of the season-opener against Kentucky on Sept. 26, and while eight players remained in quarantine this week, Malzahn said all should be cleared by Tuesday and available for the Kentucky game. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Auburn reports no new positive COVID-19 cases, but 8 players remain out," 18 Sep. 2020 The La Mesa meeting is being held in advance of a special meeting that has been called by the Supervisors at 3 p.m. Tuesday to revisit the matter. San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Mesa surprised by county plan to convert hotel into homeless housing," 18 Sep. 2020 Friends of Frame Park, which opposed the plan both from an aesthetic and legal standpoint, had sought a copy of a draft lease contract between Big Top and the city in advance of any decision. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha group prevails in an open records appeal tied to a failed Frame Park baseball stadium," 18 Sep. 2020 In advance of Sunday’s opener, 3,500 T-shirts were distributed to NFL players. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "How Texans safety Michael Thomas spread 'End Racism' shirts throughout NFL in Week 1," 18 Sep. 2020 Kevin Warren spent the fall of 2019 shadowing Jim Delany, the Big Ten’s soon-to-retire commissioner of more than 30 years, in advance of taking over the job himself. Laine Higgins And Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "The Big Ten Is Tough. Just Ask Kevin Warren.," 17 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There's not much advance notice from the school when changes are implemented, which is expected considering the circumstances change so quickly. Chloe Jones, The Arizona Republic, "ASU to end in-person classes early, switch to remote learning after Thanksgiving," 21 Sep. 2020 Eight restaurants remain open on-site, all requiring advance reservations (which can be made easily by your personal concierge) to keep the number of people dining at the same time low. Jenny Hart, Travel + Leisure, "I Traveled to Cabo Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic — Here's What It Was Really Like," 16 Sep. 2020 There was no advance notice given to the staffs before the announcement. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "Publisher locks Capital Gazette staff out of their building in Annapolis," 7 Sep. 2020 Don't forget to look up which ones are open access, as some trails and campsites have limited capacity and may require advance reservations. Kelsey Clark, Glamour, "34 Best Camping Essentials for the Newbie Adventurer," 27 Aug. 2020 Concerts are free, but advance reservations are required. cleveland, "15 things to do in Cleveland this weekend, Aug. 28-30," 27 Aug. 2020 Fortunately, Pierre got advance notice of the commendation and insisted that Marie share in the honor as well. Cristine Russell, Scientific American, "The Film Radioactive Shows how Marie Curie Was a "Woman of the Future."," 9 Aug. 2020 Laura Feyer, a spokeswoman for Mr. de Blasio, said that the city would most likely not provide advance notice of where the checkpoints would be so that motorists did not try to route around them. Michael Gold, New York Times, "Virus ‘Checkpoints’ in N.Y.C. to Enforce Travel Rules? Well, Not Exactly," 6 Aug. 2020 Keep in mind, pandemic regulations require advance reservations and no more than four to six people per tour. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Frank Lloyd Wright Home Was a Trailblazing Example of Accessible Design," 24 July 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

23 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Advance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/advance. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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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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