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.
1. In the van or front.
2. In the front or before others, as regards progress or ideas; as, advanced opinions, advanced thinkers.
3. Far on in life or time.
A gentleman advanced in years, with a hard experience written in his wrinkles. --Hawthorne.
Advanced guard, a detachment of troops which precedes the march of the main body.
adj 1: farther along in physical or mental development; "the
child's skeletal age was classified as `advanced'";
"children in the advanced classes in elementary school
read far above grade average"
2: comparatively late in a course of development; "the illness
had reached an advanced stage"; "an advanced state of
exhaustion" [syn: advanced(a)]
3: ahead of the times; "the advanced teaching methods"; "had
advanced views on the subject"; "a forward-looking
corporation"; "is British industry innovative enough?"
[syn: forward-looking, innovative, modern]
4: at a higher level in training or knowledge or skill; "an
advanced degree"; "an advanced text in physics"; "special
seminars for small groups of advanced students at the
5: ahead in development; complex or intricate; "advanced
technology"; "a sophisticated electronic control system"
6: far along in time; "a man of advanced age"; "advanced in
years"; "a ripe old age"; "the ripe age of 90" [syn: ripe]
7: (of societies) highly developed especially in technology or
industry; "advanced societies"; "an advanced country
8: 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)]