What does advance mean?

Definitions for advance
ædˈvæns, -ˈvɑnsad·vance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. progress, progression, advancenoun

    a movement forward

    "he listened for the progress of the troops"

  2. improvement, betterment, advancenoun

    a change for the better; progress in development

  3. overture, advance, approach, feelernoun

    a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others

    "she rejected his advances"

  4. progress, progression, procession, advance, advancement, forward motion, onward motionnoun

    the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)

  5. advance, cash advancenoun

    an amount paid before it is earned

  6. advance, riseadjective

    increase in price or value

    "the news caused a general advance on the stock market"

  7. advance(a), beforehand(p)adjective

    being ahead of time or need

    "gave advance warning"; "was beforehand with her report"

  8. advance(a), advanced(a), in advance(p)verb

    situated ahead or going before

    "an advance party"; "at that time the most advanced outpost was still east of the Rockies"

  9. advance, progress, pass on, move on, march on, go onverb

    move forward, also in the metaphorical sense

    "Time marches on"

  10. advance, throw outverb

    bring forward for consideration or acceptance

    "advance an argument"

  11. boost, advance, superchargeverb

    increase or raise

    "boost the voltage in an electrical circuit"

  12. promote, advance, boost, further, encourageverb

    contribute to the progress or growth of

    "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"

  13. advance, bring forwardverb

    cause to move forward

    "Can you move the car seat forward?"

  14. gain, advance, win, pull ahead, make headway, get ahead, gain groundverb

    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"

  15. progress, come on, come along, advance, get on, get along, shape upverb

    develop in a positive way

    "He progressed well in school"; "My plants are coming along"; "Plans are shaping up"

  16. advanceverb

    develop further

    "We are advancing technology every day"

  17. promote, upgrade, advance, kick upstairs, raise, elevateverb

    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"

  18. advanceverb

    pay in advance

    "Can you advance me some money?"

  19. advance, set aheadverb

    move forward

    "we have to advance clocks and watches when we travel eastward"

  20. advance, gainverb

    rise in rate or price

    "The stock market gained 24 points today"


  1. advancenoun

    A forward move.

  2. advancenoun

    An amount of money or credit, especially given as a loan, or paid before it is due; an advancement.

  3. advancenoun

    An opening approach or overture, especially of an unwelcome or sexual nature.

  4. advanceverb

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

    They . . . advanced their eyelids. Shakespeare

  5. advanceverb

    To raise to a higher rank; to promote.

  6. advanceverb

    To accelerate the growth or progress; to further; to forward; to help on; to aid; to heighten.

  7. advanceverb

    To bring to view or notice; to offer or propose; to show.

    to advance an argument

  8. advanceverb

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

  9. advanceverb

    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.

  10. advanceverb

    To raise to a higher point; to enhance; to raise in rate.

    to advance the price of goods

  11. advanceverb

    To move forwards, to approach.

  12. advanceadjective

    Completed before need or a milestone event.

    He made an advance payment on the prior shipment to show good faith.

  13. advanceadjective


    The advance man came a month before the candidate.

  14. advanceadjective


    The scouts found a site for an advance base.

  15. Etymology: From avancer (French: avancer), from abante, from ab + ante. The spelling with d was a mistake, a- being supposed to be from Latin ad. Avaunt is an earlier form of the same source-word.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Advancenoun

    Etymology: from to advance.

    All the foot were put into Abington, with a resolution to quit, or defend, the town, according to the manner of the enemy’s advance towards it. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    So, like the sun’s advance, your titles show;
    Which, as he rises, does the warmer grow. Edmund Waller.

    In vain are all the practis’d wiles,
    In vain those eyes would love impart;
    Not all th’ advances, all the smiles,
    Can move one unrelenting heart. William Walsh.

    His genius was below
    The skill of ev’ry common beau;
    Who, tho’ he cannot spell, is wise
    Enough to read a lady’s eyes;
    And will each accidental glance
    Interpret for a kind advance. Jonathan Swift, Miscell.

    He has described the unworthy passion of the goddess Calypso, and the indecent advances she made to detain him from his own country. Alexander Pope, Odyssey, b. vii. notes.

    Our Saviour raised the ruler’s daughter, the widow’s son, and Lazarus; the first of these, when she had just expired; the second, as he was carried to the grave on his bier; and the third, after he had been some time buried. And having, by these gradual advances, manifested his divine power, he at last exerted the highest and most glorious degree of it; and raised himself also by his own all-quickening virtue, and according to his own express prediction. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Men of study and thought, that reason right, and are lovers of truth, do make no great advances in their discoveries of it. John Locke, of Human Understanding, § 3.

    The principle and object of the greatest importance in the world to the good of mankind, and for the advance and perfecting of human nature. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

  2. To ADVANCEverb

    Etymology: avancer, Fr.

    Now morn, her rosy steps in th’ eastern clime
    Advancing, sow’d the earth with orient pearl. Parad. Lost.

    The declaration of the greatness of Mordecai, whereunto the king advanced him. Esther, x. 2.

    What laws can be advised more proper and effectual to advance the nature of man to its highest perfection, than these precepts of christianity? John Tillotson.

    As the calling dignifies the man, so the man much more advances his calling. As a garment, though it warms the body, has a return with an advantage, being much more warmed by it. Robert South, Sermons.

    These three last were slower than the ordinary Indian wheat of itself; and this culture did rather retard than advance. Francis Bacon.

    I dare not advance my opinion against the judgment of so great an author; but I think it fair to leave the decision to the publick. John Dryden, Fables, Pref.

    Some ne’er advance a judgment of their own,
    But catch the spreading notion of the town. Alexander Pope, Ess. on Crit.

  3. To Advanceverb

    At this the youth, whose vent’rous soul
    No fears of magick art controul,
    Advanc’d in open sight. Thomas Parnell.

    They who would advance in knowledge, and not deceive and swell themselves with a little articulated air, should not take words for real entities in nature, till they can frame clear and distinct ideas of those entities. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Advanceverb

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

  2. Advanceverb

    to raise; to elevate

  3. Advanceverb

    to raise to a higher rank; to promote

  4. Advanceverb

    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. Advanceverb

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

  6. Advanceverb

    to make earlier, as an event or date; to hasten

  7. Advanceverb

    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. Advanceverb

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

  9. Advanceverb

    to extol; to laud

  10. Advanceverb

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

  11. Advanceverb

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

  12. Advanceverb

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

  13. Advance

    the act of advancing or moving forward or upward; progress

  14. Advance

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

  15. Advance

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

  16. Advance

    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

  17. Advance

    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

  18. Advanceadjective

    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

  19. Etymology: [Cf. F. avance, fr. avancer. See Advance, v.]


  1. Advance

    Advance is an unincorporated community located in Davie County, North Carolina. It has a total land area of 62.3 square miles and is located along NC 801 and US 158 just south of Bermuda Run near the western bank of the Yadkin River. Advance is a part of the Piedmont Triad and is home to Shady Grove Elementary School. Neighboring communities and municipalities include: Bermuda Run, Mocksville, Hillsdale, Redland, and Yadkin College. Name origin Encompassing Communities Bixby Progress Local Businesses 801 Shell - once the only business convenient to I-40 and a landmark for over 40 years, 801 Shell will soon be torn to make way for a four-lane highway Schools & Civic Service Churches Landmarks ⁕Advance Fire Department

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Advance

    ad-vans′, v.t. to put forward: to promote to a higher office: to encourage the progress of: to propose: to supply beforehand: to pay before the money is legally due, to pay on security.—v.i. to move or go forward: to make progress: to rise in rank or in value.—n. progress: improvement: a rise in price or value: a giving beforehand, also the sum so given: a loan.—n. Advance′ment, promotion: improvement: payment of money in advance.—In advance, beforehand. [O. Fr. avancer—Late L. abante (Fr. avant)—L. ab ante, from before.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. advance

    Before in place, or beforehand in time; used for advanced; as, advance-guard, or that before the main guard or body of an army; to move forward.

Editors Contribution

  1. advance

    An act of moving forward.

    They did advance towards their loving goal of marriage.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 11, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'advance' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3013

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'advance' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1575

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'advance' in Nouns Frequency: #953

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'advance' in Verbs Frequency: #571

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of advance in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of advance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of advance in a Sentence

  1. Federica Mogherini:

    Participants agreed to keep progress under close review and to reconvene the joint commission, including at ministerial level, as appropriate in order to advance common efforts.

  2. Brian Fallon:

    That will probably impair their ability to advance their legislative agenda.

  3. Baltimore Ravens:

    We are also grateful to Arthur Blank and the Atlanta Falcons for agreeing to host the AFC Championship Game in Atlanta should the Bills and Chiefs advance. We thank both of those clubs for their assistance in the planning process.

  4. Andrew Weissmann:

    When asked about that by the senior partner, he lied and said he had no idea how they got an advance copy.

  5. Paul Cederna:

    This is the biggest advance in motor control for people with amputations in many years.

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  • يقربArabic
  • аванс, заем, напредък, развивам, авансирам, предлагам, повишавам, предплащам, напредвамBulgarian
  • zálohaCzech
  • Anzahlung, erheben, befördern, Fortschritt, Vorschuss, erhöhen, vorrücken, vorausGerman
  • antaŭenpuŝi, antaŭenigi, antaŭenmovi, plialtigiEsperanto
  • avance, adelantoSpanish
  • täiustama, avanss, edendama, ettemaks, eel-Estonian
  • ylentää, ennakkomaksu, eteneminen, esittää, lähestyminen, edetä, edistysaskel, kiihdyttää, iskuyritys, lähestyä, korottaa, edistää, ennakko, aikaistaaFinnish
  • avancer, avance, avancée, élever, progressionFrench
  • ionsaí, ionsaigh, roimh réIrish
  • התקדמותHebrew
  • अग्रिमHindi
  • előlegHungarian
  • avantiarInterlingua
  • avanzata, avanzo, avanzareItalian
  • 進むJapanese
  • پێشکه‌وتن, پێشخستنKurdish
  • quorum progrediLatin
  • paneke, koke, kokenga, kaunekeMāori
  • avanzatt, avanzaMaltese
  • voorschot, optrekken, vervroegen, benaderen, avances, vooruitgang, vooruitbetaling, voorschietenDutch
  • ବହିନା ଦେବାOriya
  • przyspieszyć, podnieść, zaliczka, zwiększać, przesunąć, zaproponować, wypłacić, zaoferowaćPolish
  • avanço, adiantamento, avançarPortuguese
  • avansaRomanian
  • продвига́ться, повыша́ть, разви́ть, продви́нуться, повы́сить, продви́нуть, ссу́да, развива́ть, продвига́ть, заём, ава́нс, аванси́ровать, продвиже́ниеRussian
  • predujam, akontacijaSerbo-Croatian
  • avancë, avancim, përparim, përparoj, avancojAlbanian
  • närmande, avancera, förskott, förskottera, öppningSwedish
  • öndelikTurkish
  • nâng caoVietnamese
  • 推進Chinese
  • imvulaZulu

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    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
    • A. loom
    • B. elate
    • C. abase
    • D. summon

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