5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Advance \Ad*vance"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Advanced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Advancing}(#).] [OE. avancen, avauncen, F. avancer, fr. a supposed LL. abantiare; ab + ante (F. avant) before. The spelling with d was a mistake, a- being supposed to be fr. L. ad. See {Avaunt}.]

1. To bring forward; to move towards the van or front; to make to go on.

2. To raise; to elevate. [Archaic]

They . . . advanced their eyelids. --Shak.

3. To raise to a higher rank; to promote.

Ahasueres . . . advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes. --Esther iii. 1.

4. To accelerate the growth or progress; to further; to forward; to help on; to aid; to heighten; as, to advance the ripening of fruit; to advance one's interests.

5. To bring to view or notice; to offer or propose; to show; as, to advance an argument.

Some ne'er advance a judgment of their own. --Pope.

6. To make earlier, as an event or date; to hasten.

7. To furnish, as money or other value, before it becomes due, or in aid of an enterprise; to supply beforehand; as, a merchant advances money on a contract or on goods consigned to him.

8. To raise to a higher point; to enhance; to raise in rate; as, to advance the price of goods.

9. To extol; to laud. [Obs.]

Greatly advancing his gay chivalry. --Spenser.

Syn: To raise; elevate; exalt; aggrandize; improve; heighten; accelerate; allege; adduce; assign.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Advance \Ad*vance"\, verb (used without an object)

1. To move or go forward; to proceed; as, he advanced to greet me.

2. To increase or make progress in any respect; as, to advance in knowledge, in stature, in years, in price.

3. To rise in rank, office, or consequence; to be preferred or promoted.

Advanced to a level with ancient peers. --Prescott.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Advance \Ad*vance"\, adjective Before in place, or beforehand in time; -- used for advanced; as, an advance guard, or that before the main guard or body of an army; advance payment, or that made before it is due; advance proofs, advance sheets, pages of a forthcoming volume, received in advance of the time of publication.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Advance \Ad*vance"\, noun [Cf. F. avance, fr. avancer. See {Advance}, v.]

1. The act of advancing or moving forward or upward; progress.

2. Improvement or progression, physically, mentally, morally, or socially; as, an advance in health, knowledge, or religion; an advance in rank or office.

3. An addition to the price; rise in price or value; as, an advance on the prime cost of goods.

4. The first step towards the attainment of a result; approach made to gain favor, to form an acquaintance, to adjust a difference, etc.; an overture; a tender; an offer; -- usually in the plural.

[He] made the like advances to the dissenters. --Swift.

5. A furnishing of something before an equivalent is received (as money or goods), towards a capital or stock, or on loan; payment beforehand; the money or goods thus furnished; money or value supplied beforehand.

I shall, with pleasure, make the necessary advances. --Jay.

The account was made up with intent to show what advances had been made. --Kent.

{In advance} (a) In front; before. (b) Beforehand; before an equivalent is received. (c) In the state of having advanced money on account; as, A is in advance to B a thousand dollars or pounds.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: being ahead of time or need; "gave advance warning"; "was beforehand with her report" [syn: {advance(a)}, {beforehand(p)}]

2: situated ahead or going before; "an advance party"; "at that time the most advanced outpost was still east of the Rockies" [syn: {advance(a)}, {advanced(a)}, {in advance(p)}]


1: a movement forward; "he listened for the progress of the troops" [syn: {progress}, {progression}, {advance}]

2: a change for the better; progress in development [syn: {improvement}, {betterment}, {advance}]

3: a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others; "she rejected his advances" [syn: {overture}, {advance}, {approach}, {feeler}]

4: the act of moving forward (as toward a goal) [syn: {progress}, {progression}, {procession}, {advance}, {advancement}, {forward motion}, {onward motion}] [ant: {retreat}]

5: an amount paid before it is earned [syn: {advance}, {cash advance}]

6: increase in price or value; "the news caused a general advance on the stock market" [syn: {advance}, {rise}]


1: move forward, also in the metaphorical sense; "Time marches on" [syn: {advance}, {progress}, {pass on}, {move on}, {march on}, {go on}] [ant: {draw back}, {move back}, {pull away}, {pull back}, {recede}, {retire}, {retreat}, {withdraw}]

2: bring forward for consideration or acceptance; "advance an argument" [syn: {advance}, {throw out}]

3: increase or raise; "boost the voltage in an electrical circuit" [syn: {boost}, {advance}, {supercharge}]

4: contribute to the progress or growth of; "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom" [syn: {promote}, {advance}, {boost}, {further}, {encourage}]

5: cause to move forward; "Can you move the car seat forward?" [syn: {advance}, {bring forward}] [ant: {back}]

6: obtain advantages, such as points, etc.; "The home team was gaining ground"; "After defeating the Knicks, the Blazers pulled ahead of the Lakers in the battle for the number-one playoff berth in the Western Conference" [syn: {gain}, {advance}, {win}, {pull ahead}, {make headway}, {get ahead}, {gain ground}] [ant: {drop off}, {fall back}, {fall behind}, {lose}, {recede}]

7: develop in a positive way; "He progressed well in school"; "My plants are coming along"; "Plans are shaping up" [syn: {progress}, {come on}, {come along}, {advance}, {get on}, {get along}, {shape up}] [ant: {regress}, {retrograde}, {retrogress}]

8: develop further; "We are advancing technology every day"

9: give a promotion to or assign to a higher position; "John was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired"; "Women tend not to advance in the major law firms"; "I got promoted after many years of hard work" [syn: {promote}, {upgrade}, {advance}, {kick upstairs}, {raise}, {elevate}] [ant: {break}, {bump}, {demote}, {kick downstairs}, {relegate}]

10: pay in advance; "Can you advance me some money?"

11: move forward; "we have to advance clocks and watches when we travel eastward" [syn: {advance}, {set ahead}]

12: rise in rate or price; "The stock market gained 24 points today" [syn: {advance}, {gain}]

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