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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

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of advance (Entry 2 of 3)

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

adjective

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Frequently Asked Questions About advance

How does the verb advance contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of advance are forward, further, and promote. While all these words 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

When is it sensible to use forward instead of advance?

While in some cases nearly identical to advance, forward implies an impetus forcing something ahead.

a wage increase would forward productivity

When would further be a good substitute for advance?

The synonyms further and advance are sometimes interchangeable, but further suggests a removing of obstacles in the way of a desired advance.

used the marriage to further his career

When can promote be used instead of advance?

The words promote and advance can be used in similar contexts, but promote suggests an encouraging or fostering and may denote an increase in status or rank.

a campaign to promote better health

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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 22 May. 2022.

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