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Meaning of advance by Wiktionary Dictionary

advance


    Alternative forms

    • advaunce

    Etymology

    From Old French avancer ( French: avancer ), from Late Latin abante, from ab + ante ( “before” ). 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 .

    Pronunciation

    • ( Southern England ) IPA: /ədˈvɑːns/
    • Rhymes: -ɑːns
    • ( US, Northern England, Scotland ) IPA: /ədˈvæns/
    • Rhymes: -æns

    Verb

    advance ( third-person singular simple present advances present participle advancing, simple past and past participle advanced )

    1. To bring forward; to move towards the van or front; to make to go on .
      They . . . advanced their eyelids. —Shakespeare
    2. To raise to a higher rank; to promote .
    3. To accelerate the growth or progress; to further; to forward; to help on; to aid; to heighten .
      to advance the ripening of fruit
      to advance one's interests
    4. To bring to view or notice; to offer or propose; to show .
      to advance an argument
    5. To make earlier, as an event or date; to hasten .
    6. 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 .
    7. To raise to a higher point; to enhance; to raise in rate .
      to advance the price of goods
    8. ( intransitive ) To move forwards, to approach .

    Synonyms

    • raise, elevate, exalt, aggrandize, improve, heighten, accelerate, allege, adduce, assign

    Derived terms

    Noun

    advance ( plural: advances )

    1. A forward move .
    2. An amount of money or credit, especially given as a loan, or paid before it is due; an advancement .
    3. ( in the plural: ) An opening approach or overture, especially of an unwelcome or sexual nature.

    Adjective

    advance ( comparative more advance, superlative most advance )

    1. Completed before need or a milestone event .
      He made an advance payment on the prior shipment to show good faith .
    2. Preceding .
      The advance man came a month before the candidate .
    3. Forward .
      The scouts found a site for an advance base .

    Derived terms



Explanation of advance by Wordnet Dictionary

advance


    Verb
    1. rise in rate or price

    2. develop in a positive way

    3. increase or raise

    4. develop further

    5. We are advancing technology every day
    6. bring forward for consideration or acceptance

    7. advance an argument
    8. obtain advantages, such as points, etc .

    9. move forward, also in the metaphorical sense

    10. cause to move forward

    11. move forward

    12. we have to advance clocks and watches when we travel eastward
    13. pay in advance

    14. Can you advance me some money?
    15. give a promotion to or assign to a higher position

    16. Women tend not to advance in the major law firms
    17. contribute to the progress or growth of

    Adjective
    1. situated ahead or going before

    2. an advance party
      at that time the most advanced outpost was still east of the Rockies
    3. being ahead of time or need

    4. gave advance warning
    Noun
    1. the act of moving forward ( as toward a goal )

    2. increase in price or value

    3. the news caused a general advance on the stock market
    4. a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others

    5. she rejected his advances
    6. a change for the better

    7. a movement forward

    8. an amount paid before it is earned



    Definition of advance by GCIDE Dictionary

    advance


    1. Advance v. t. [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.

    2. Advance, v. i.
      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.

    3. Advance, n. [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 In front; before. Beforehand; before an equivalent is received. In the state of having advanced money on account; as, A is in advance to B a thousand dollars or pounds.

    4. Advance a. 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.”