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.
adj 1: moving ahead or toward the front; "advancing armies" [ant: retreating]
2: moving forward [syn: forward, forward-moving]