advance[ad vans′, əd-]
- Advance means in front.
An example of advance used as an adjective is an advance party which is a group of soldiers who arrive before the rest of the soldiers to check out the safety and the surroundings.
- Advance is defined as a movement forward or an improvement.
Finding a new way to treat cancer is an example of an advance in science.
- The definition of advance means to move forward or to raise in importance.
An example of advance is to be promoted at a job.
transitive verbadvanced, advancing
- to bring forward; move forward: to advance a chessman
- to raise in rank, importance, etc.; promote
- to help or hasten the success or completion of; further: to advance a project
- to put forward; propose
- to bring closer to the present; specif.,
- to cause (a future event) to happen earlier
- to assign a later date to (a past event)
- to raise the rate of; increase: to advance prices
- to pay (money) before due
- to lend
Origin of advanceMiddle English avancen ; from Old French avancer, to forward ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form abantiare ; from Classical Latin ab-, from + ante, before: spelling, spelled ad- by associated, association with Classical Latin ad, to, forward
- to go forward; move ahead
- to make progress; improve; develop
- to rise in rank, importance, etc.
- to rise in price or cost; increase
- a moving forward
- an improvement; progress: new advances in science
- a rise in value or cost
- approaches to get favor, become acquainted, etc.; overtures (to someone)
- a payment made before due, as of wages
- a loan
- in front: advance guard
- beforehand; ahead of time: advance information
- in front
- before due; ahead of time
verbad·vanced, ad·vanc·ing, ad·vanc·es
- To cause to move forward: advance a chess piece.
- To put forward; propose or suggest: advanced a novel theory during the seminar.
- To aid the growth or progress of: advanced the cause of freedom.
- To raise in rank; promote.
- To cause to occur sooner: advance a deadline by one week.
- To raise in amount or rate; increase.
- To pay (money or interest) before due.
- To supply or lend, especially on credit.
- To serve as an advance person for (a trip to be made by a politician or a dignitary): “advanced the China trip during which the first trade agreements &ellipsis; were signed” (Suzanne Perney).
- Archaic To lift.
- a. To go or move forward or onward.b. To move against another, as when attacking: advance on the enemy's position.
- To make progress; improve.
- To rise in rank, position, or value.
- To serve as an advance person for a trip to be made by a politician or a dignitary.
- The act or process of moving or going forward.
- A forward move, as toward an objective; a progressive step: an advance in genetic engineering.
- An increase of price or value.
- advances Opening approaches made to secure acquaintance, favor, or an agreement; overtures.
- a. The furnishing of funds or goods on credit.b. The funds or goods so furnished; a loan.
- a. Payment of money before due: an advance on next month's salary.b. The money so paid.
- Preparation, especially publicity, done prior to the appearance of a public figure or the staging of a public event.
- Made or given ahead of time: an advance payment.
- Going before, in front, or forward.
Origin of advanceMiddle English avauncen, from Old French avauncer, from Vulgar Latin *abantiāre, from Latin abante, from before : ab-, ab- + ante, before; see ant- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present advances, present participle advancing, simple past and past participle advanced)
- To bring forward; to move towards the front; to make to go on.
- To raise; to elevate.
- They […] advanced their eyelids. — Shakespeare
- To raise to a higher rank; to promote.
- To accelerate the growth or progress of; to further; to forward; to help on; to aid; to heighten.
- to advance the ripening of fruit
- to advance one's interests
- To bring to view or notice; to offer or propose; to show.
- to advance an argument
- To make earlier, as an event or date; to hasten.
- To furnish, as money or other value, before it becomes due, or in aid of an enterprise; to supply beforehand.
- Merchants often advance money on a contract or on goods consigned to them.
- To raise to a higher point; to enhance; to raise in rate.
- to advance the price of goods
- (intransitive) To move forwards, to approach.
- He rose from his chair and advanced to greet me.
- A forward move; improvement or progression.
- an advance in health or knowledge
- an advance in rank or office
- An amount of money or credit, especially given as a loan, or paid before it is due; an advancement.
- An addition to the price; rise in price or value.
- an advance on the prime cost of goods
- (in the plural) An opening approach or overture, especially of an unwelcome or sexual nature.
(comparative more advance, superlative most advance)
advance - Legal Definition