What does advance mean?

Definitions for advance
ædˈvæns, -ˈvɑnsad·vance

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word advance.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. progress, progression, advance(noun)

    a movement forward

    "he listened for the progress of the troops"

  2. improvement, betterment, advance(noun)

    a change for the better; progress in development

  3. overture, advance, approach, feeler(noun)

    a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others

    "she rejected his advances"

  4. progress, progression, procession, advance, advancement, forward motion, onward motion(noun)

    the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)

  5. advance, cash advance(noun)

    an amount paid before it is earned

  6. advance, rise(adj)

    increase in price or value

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

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

    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 on(verb)

    move forward, also in the metaphorical sense

    "Time marches on"

  10. advance, throw out(verb)

    bring forward for consideration or acceptance

    "advance an argument"

  11. boost, advance, supercharge(verb)

    increase or raise

    "boost the voltage in an electrical circuit"

  12. promote, advance, boost, further, encourage(verb)

    contribute to the progress or growth of

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

  13. advance, bring forward(verb)

    cause to move forward

    "Can you move the car seat forward?"

  14. gain, advance, win, pull ahead, make headway, get ahead, gain ground(verb)

    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 up(verb)

    develop in a positive way

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

  16. advance(verb)

    develop further

    "We are advancing technology every day"

  17. promote, upgrade, advance, kick upstairs, raise, elevate(verb)

    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. advance(verb)

    pay in advance

    "Can you advance me some money?"

  19. advance, set ahead(verb)

    move forward

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

  20. advance, gain(verb)

    rise in rate or price

    "The stock market gained 24 points today"


  1. advance(Noun)

    A forward move.

  2. advance(Noun)

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

  3. advance(Noun)

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

  4. advance(Verb)

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

    They . . . advanced their eyelids. u2014Shakespeare

  5. advance(Verb)

    To raise to a higher rank; to promote.

  6. advance(Verb)

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

  7. advance(Verb)

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

    to advance an argument

  8. advance(Verb)

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

  9. advance(Verb)

    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. advance(Verb)

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

    to advance the price of goods

  11. advance(Verb)

    To move forwards, to approach.

  12. advance(Adjective)

    Completed before need or a milestone event.

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

  13. advance(Adjective)


    The advance man came a month before the candidate.

  14. advance(Adjective)


    The scouts found a site for an advance base.

  15. Origin: 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Advance(verb)

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

  2. Advance(verb)

    to raise; to elevate

  3. Advance(verb)

    to raise to a higher rank; to promote

  4. Advance(verb)

    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. Advance(verb)

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

  6. Advance(verb)

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

  7. Advance(verb)

    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. Advance(verb)

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

  9. Advance(verb)

    to extol; to laud

  10. Advance(verb)

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

  11. Advance(verb)

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

  12. Advance(verb)

    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. Advance(adj)

    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. Origin: [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. Norman Gray:

    The advance was not going great.

  2. Moshe Hananel:

    Their entry is approved in advance.

  3. William Shakespeare, "The Tempest", Act 1 scene 2:

    The fringed curtains of thine eye advance.

  4. United States:

    Every country tries to advance their points.

  5. William Ellery Channing:

    Error is discipline through which we advance.

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Translations for advance

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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, ionsaighIrish
  • התקדמותHebrew
  • 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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