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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 (a) In front; before. (b) Beforehand; before an equivalent is received. (c) In the state of having advanced money on account; as, A is in advance to B a thousand dollars or pounds.
Ad·vance, 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.
Ad·vance v. t. [imp. & p. p. Advanced p. pr. & vb. n. Advancing (#).]
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.
Ad·vance 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.
adj 1: being ahead of time or need; "gave advance warning"; "was
beforehand with her report" [syn: advance(a), beforehand(p)]
2: situated ahead or going before; "an advance party"; "at that
time the most advanced outpost was still east of the
Rockies" [syn: advance(a), advanced(a), in advance(p)]
n 1: a movement forward; "he listened for the progress of the
troops" [syn: progress, progression]
2: a change for the better; progress in development [syn: improvement,
3: a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of
others; "she rejected his advances" [syn: overture, approach,
4: the act of moving forward toward a goal [syn: progress, progression,
procession, advancement, forward motion, onward
5: an amount paid before it is earned [syn: cash advance]
6: increase in price or value; "the news caused a general
advance on the stock market" [syn: rise]
v 1: move forward, also in the metaphorical sense; "Time marches
on" [syn: progress, pass on, move on, march on,
go on] [ant: recede]
2: bring forward for consideration or acceptance; "advance an
argument" [syn: throw out]
3: increase or raise; "boost the voltage in an electrical
circuit" [syn: boost, supercharge]
4: contribute to the progress or growth of; "I am promoting the
use of computers in the classroom" [syn: promote, boost,
5: cause to move forward; "Can you move the car seat forward?"
[syn: bring forward] [ant: back]
6: 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" [syn:
gain, win, pull ahead, make headway, get ahead,
gain ground] [ant: fall back]
7: develop in a positive way; "He progressed well in school";
"My plants are coming along"; "Plans are shaping up" [syn:
progress, come on, come along, get on, get along,
shape up] [ant: regress]
8: develop further; "We are advancing technology every day"
9: 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" [syn: promote, upgrade,
kick upstairs, raise, elevate] [ant: demote]
10: pay in advance; "Can you advance me some money?"
11: move forward; "we have to advance clocks and watches when we
travel eastward" [syn: set ahead]
12: rise in rate or price; "The stock market gained 24 points
today" [syn: gain]