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 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

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

lend, loan

Synonyms: Noun

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

Antonyms: Verb

borrow

Antonyms: Noun

recess, recession, regress, regression, retreat, retrogression

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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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In the Orange Division, the two teams that advanced will be top-seed Elgin and runner-up Laredo. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood Blue 7U Pinto All-Stars bag Blue Division’s top seed for Sunday’s title round," 13 July 2019 One way to sort through all the possibilities is to focus on ideas that advance two research efforts at once, both improving machine learning and identifying new areas of neuroscience. Gabriel A. Silva, The Conversation, "Neuroscience and artificial intelligence can help improve each other," 9 July 2019 Asik played all 82 games and a critical defensive role for the 2010-11 Bulls, who advanced to the Eastern Conference finals. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls gain an additional $3 million of salary-cap space for Omer Asik’s voided contract with free agency beginning Sunday," 26 June 2019 Trading superstar big man Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers ushered in a new rebuild for a franchise that has advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs just twice in 17 seasons. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas product Jaxson Hayes will be key part of new-look Pelicans," 26 June 2019 McCarthy tied for third overall with a total of 4-under (140) which advanced him to the Round of 64. , Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Former St. X golfer Joey McCarthy finds success in amateur golf. His secret? He knows the courses.," 26 June 2019 The 26-year-old was one of the penalty villains in Frankfurt's Europa League semi-final loss, missing his kick in the shoot-out as eventual winners Chelsea advanced to the final. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Saint-Maximin to Newcastle, Perisic to Arsenal, Firpo to United & More," 24 June 2019 The Americans defeated the Soca Warriors 6-0 at First Energy Stadium to advance to the knockout stage of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup. cleveland.com, "U.S. soccer mounts second-half storm in 6-0 rout of Trinidad & Tobago in Gold Cup Group D match," 22 June 2019 The Sharks subsequently beat the Avs, who advanced to the Western Conference finals in the simulation. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Blues vs. Bruins going to Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final? That’s what our simulation predicted in April.," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some administration officials have privately voiced frustration with the president for his decision to publicly announce ICE's plans in advance, blowing the cover off the raids. Author: Abigail Hauslohner, Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Immigrant families wait in dread, but no sign of large-scale enforcement raids," 15 July 2019 Taking the planes out of its schedule in advance means American doesn't have to scramble last minute if the plane's grounding lingers. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Check your reservation: American joins United in extending Boeing 737 Max cancellations into November," 14 July 2019 Punishing him in advance through a very high bond is unnecessary and, in my opinion, violates the United States Constitution. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Husband of missing San Antonio businesswoman arrested," 13 July 2019 To be considered for inclusion, email cwynn@dallasnews.com at least two weeks in advance. Dallas News, "Andrew Graham-Dixon, Bud Selig, Janet Fitch among authors on tour July 14-20 in D-FW," 13 July 2019 Tickets are $45 at door; or $35, $20 for food only and $10 for children 6-12 in advance at vinesandvittlesfestival.com. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sorority recognizes members," 13 July 2019 Spending a full calendar on the sidelines, observing the world’s premier basketball league from the inside, can function like discovering the answers to a test a day in advance. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "Michael Porter Jr. Wants to Be the NBA's Next Big Gap-Year Success," 13 July 2019 Tickets for the keynote can be purchased in advance, and the expo hall is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at no cost. Sam Boyer, cleveland.com, "New resident makes quite an impression: Whit & Whimsey," 12 July 2019 Airplane rides range from $85 to $1,995 and may be booked in advance at AirPowerTour.org. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "WWII planes from world’s largest flying museum land this month in La Crosse, Wis.," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Buy advance general-admission tickets for all four concerts and the cost will be $62.50 per performance. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "Ticket alert: New Order returning to Fillmore Miami Beach for first U.S. club residency," 24 June 2019 The race to Coachella 2020 starts Friday, June 14, when advance tickets go on sale for the next edition of the annual music festival in Indio, to be held April 10 through 12 and 17 through 19 next spring. Randy Lewis, latimes.com, "Coachella 2020 dates announced; tickets on sale June 14," 10 June 2019 But the carrier charges fees for nearly everything beyond boarding the plane; advance seat-assignments and food and beverages cost extra. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "February route roundup: Where airlines are adding (or cutting) service," 25 Feb. 2018 The measure would close a loophole that drug traffickers exploit: While private shippers like FedEx and UPS are required to obtain advance electronic information on most shipments, the Postal Service is not. Matthew Garcia, Washington Post, "What A U.S.-China Trade War Could Mean For The Opioid Epidemic," 9 July 2018 To avoid a catastrophe like Gold King, EPA officials now require advance approval for work on many mining sites. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "50M gallons of polluted water pours daily from US mine sites," 20 Feb. 2019 Particularly notable were his drives to rein in Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, advance civil rights and set up a system for postwar geopolitical governance. Amity Shlaes, WSJ, "‘The Improbable Wendell Willkie’ Review: The Great Disruptor," 13 Sep. 2018 The measure would close a loophole that drug traffickers exploit: While private shippers like FedEx and UPS are required to obtain advance electronic information on most shipments, the Postal Service is not. Matthew Garcia, Washington Post, "What A U.S.-China Trade War Could Mean For The Opioid Epidemic," 9 July 2018 The measure would close a loophole that drug traffickers exploit: While private shippers like FedEx and UPS are required to obtain advance electronic information on most shipments, the Postal Service is not. Matthew Garcia, Washington Post, "What A U.S.-China Trade War Could Mean For The Opioid Epidemic," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of advance

Verb

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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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advance

verb

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.

advance

transitive verb
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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