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advance

noun

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1 forward movement in time or place
  • during her long convalescence, the housebound woman was barely aware of the advance of the seasons

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advance

verb

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1 to give to another for temporary use with the understanding that it or a like thing will be returned
  • advanced her some cash with the understanding that the amount would be deducted from her first paycheck

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3 to move forward along a course
  • as the technology advances, electronic devices keep getting smaller and smarter

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4 to move higher in rank or position
  • within six months was advanced to the position of head waiter, to the dismay of the waiters who had been there much longer

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5 to set before the mind for consideration
  • let me explain my reasons for advancing this proposal

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6 to move closer to
  • advanced cautiously toward the snarling dog

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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

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

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“Advance.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/advance. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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