Verb advance Definition and Examples



Definition as 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 front; to make to go on.
  2. (obsolete) To raise; to elevate.
  3. To raise to a higher rank; to promote.
  4. To accelerate the growth or progress of; to further; to forward; to help on; to aid; to heighten.
  5. To bring to view or notice; to offer or propose; to show.
  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.
  8. To raise to a higher point; to enhance; to raise in rate.
  9. (intransitive) To move forwards, to approach.
  10. (obsolete) To extol; to laud.

More definition: move or bring forward, The general advanced his troops to the new position. bring into consideration or notice; suggest; propose, to advance reasons for a tax cut. improve; further, to advance one's interests. raise in rank; promote, The board of directors advanced him to president. raise in rate or amount; increase, to advance the price. bring forward in time; accelerate, to advance growth; to advance clocks one hour. supply beforehand; furnish on credit or before goods are delivered or work is done. furnish as part of a stock or fund. supply or pay in expectation of reimbursement, They advanced her $5000 against future royalties. schedule at a later time or date, to advance a meeting from early to late fall.1
1.Informal. to do advance publicity for, to advance a rock singer's personal appearances; the most heavily advanced sports event in history.1

2.Archaic. to raise, as a banner.
1 move or go forward; proceed, The troops advanced.1 increase in quantity, value, price, etc., His stock advanced three points.1

5.(of a color, form, etc., on a flat surface) to move toward or be perceived as moving toward an observer, especially as giving the illusion of space. Compare recede1 (def 3). 1 improve or make progress. 1 grow or rise in importance, status, etc., to advance in rank.1

8.Informal. to provide publicity; do promotion, He was hired to advance for a best-selling author.

9.a forward movement; progress in space, the advance of the troops to the border.

20.promotion; improvement in importance, rank, etc., his advance to the position of treasurer.2
1.Usually, advances. attempts at forming an acquaintanceship, reaching an agreement, or the like, made by one party. actions or words intended to be sexually inviting. 2

2.addition to price; rise in price, an advance on cottons.2

3.Commerce. a giving beforehand; a furnishing of something before an equivalent is received, An advance on his next month's salary permitted him to pay his debt on time.the money or goods thus furnished, He received $100 as an advance against future delivery. 2

4.Journalism. copy prepared before the event it describes has occurred, The morning papers carried advances on the ceremony, which will take place tonight.a press release, wire-service dispatch, or the like, as one containing the text or partial text of a speech, sent to arrive in advance of the event to which it is related.Compare release copy. 2

5.the leading body of an army. 2

6.Military. (formerly) the order or a signal to advance. 2

7.Informal. publicity done before the appearance of a noted person, a public event, etc., She was hired to do advance for the candidate.a person hired to do advance publicity for an event, He is regarded as the best advance in the business. 2

8.Automotive, Machinery. an adjustment made in the setting of the distributor of an internal-combustion engine to generate the spark for ignition in each cylinder earlier in the cycle. Compare retard (def 5). 2

9.Geology. a seaward movement of the shoreline.
30.going or placed before, an advance section of a train.3
1.made or given ahead of time, an advance payment on a loan.3

2.issued ahead of time, an advance copy of the president's speech.3

3.having gone beyond others or beyond the average.
3 advance, ahead of time; beforehand, You must get your tickets in advance.3 advance of, in front of; before, Heralds walked in advance of the king.

1. to go or bring forward in position

2. (foll by on) to move (towards) in a threatening manner

3. (transitive) to present for consideration; suggest

4. to bring or be brought to a further stage of development; improve; further

5. (transitive) to cause (an event) to occur earlier

6. (transitive) to supply (money, goods, etc) beforehand, either for a loan or as an initial payment

7. to increase (a price, value, rate of occurrence, etc) or (of a price, etc) to be increased

8. (intransitive) to improve one's position; be promoted, he advanced rapidly in his job

9. (transitive) (archaic) to promote in rank, status, or position noun

10. forward movement; progress in time or space1
1. improvement; progress in development1

2. (commerce) the supplying of commodities or funds before receipt of an agreed consideration the commodities or funds supplied in this manner (as modifier), an advance supply 1

3. Also called advance payment. a money payment made before it is legally due, this is an advance on your salary1

4. a loan of money1

5. an increase in price, value, rate of occurrence, etc1

6. a less common word for advancement (sense 1)1

7. in advance beforehand, payment in advance (foll by of) ahead in time or development, ideas in advance of the time 1

8. (modifier) forward in position or time, advance booking, an advance warning See also advances Derived Formsadvancer, nounadvancingly, adverb Word OriginC15, advauncen, altered (on the model of words beginning with Latin ad-) from C13 avauncen, via Old French from Latin abante from before, from ab- away from + ante beforeCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
mid-13c., avauncen, transitive, "improve (something), further the development of," from Old French avancier "move forward" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *abanteare (source of Italian avanzare, Spanish avanzar), from Late Latin abante "from before," composed of ab- "from" (see ab-) + ante "before, in front of, against" (see ante).The -d- was inserted 16c. on mistaken notion that initial a- was from Latin ad-. From c.1300 as "to promote;" intransitive sense is mid-14c., "move forward." Meaning "to give money before it is legally due" is first attested 1670s. Related, Advanced; advancing. The adjective (in advance warning, etc.) is recorded from 184

c.1300, "boasting, ostentation," from advance (v.). Early 15c. as "advancement in rank, wealth, etc." Advances "amorous overtures" is from 170

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Consider it an advance until you get the package.

I am especially fond of the canopied four- poster, furnished far in advance for a future young lady, after she's out grown the crib she now claims in her nursery.

She was up and around far in advance of her usual hour and baked like a demon—half a freezer full of pies, muffins, and pastries of every description.

Being able to scale a sheer wall of rock and ice while lugging this junk requires some advance planning.

He'd paid in advance for two assignations after he began to suspect there was a traitor in his organization.  The second had been for Katie, in case she couldn't be reasoned with.

There's no advance notice except the general area.

I gave you advance warning.

In many respects he was far in advance of his age.

Jim, who was in advance, saw the last stair before him and stuck his head above the rocky sides of the stairway.

We have established that outsourcing, free trade, and technological advance all have the same effect on the system: They lower prices and increase net wealth.

Thanking you in advance for the same, I am, with respect, Very truly yours, (signed) H. N. HIGINBOTHAM, President.

She could not, of course, have grasped such abstractions as a complete answer to her questions would involve; but one's whole life is nothing more than a continual advance in the comprehension of the meaning and scope of such ideas.

If it is asserted that civilization is a real advance in the condition of man--and I think that it is, though only the wise improve their advantages--it must be shown that it has produced better dwellings without making them more costly; and the cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.

"We shall probably advance," replied Bolkonski, evidently reluctant to say more in the presence of a stranger.

Anna Pavlovna whispered the next words in advance, like an old woman muttering the prayer at Communion: "Let the bold and insolent Goliath..." she whispered.

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