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Dictionary Definition

advance 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)]


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, betterment]
3 a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others; "she rejected his advances" [syn: overture, approach, feeler]
4 the act of moving forward toward a goal [syn: progress, progression, procession, advancement, forward motion, onward motion]
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]


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, further, encourage]
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]

User Contributed Dictionary



From avancer (French: avancer), from 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.


IPA: WEAE [ædˈvænts] or [ɛd-], US [əd.væn(t)s], UK [əd.vɑn(t)s]


  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. To move forwards, to approach.

Derived terms


to bring forward; to move towards the van or front; to make to go on
to raise to a higher rank; to promote
to accelerate the growth or progress; to further; to forward
to bring to view or notice; to offer or propose
to make earlier, as an event or date; to hasten
to furnish, as money or other value, before it becomes due
to raise to a higher point; to enhance; to raise in rate
  • Finnish: korottaa
  • Kurdish:
  • Polish: zwiększać
to move forwards, to approach


  1. A forward move.
  2. An amount of money or credit, especially given as a loan, or paid before it is due.
  3. An opening approach or overture, especially of an unwelcome or sexual nature.


forward move
amount of money
  • Albanian: avancë
  • Croatian: akontacija, predujam
  • Dutch: voorschot
  • Finnish: ennakko, ennakkomaksu
  • French: avance
  • German: Vorschuss
  • Italian: avanzo
  • Maltese: avanza
opening approach


  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.

Extensive Definition

Advance may refer to:

Places in the United States

advance in German: Advance
advance in French: Advance
advance in Dutch: Advance
advance in Polish: Advance
advance in Portuguese: Advance
advance in Simple English: Advance
advance in Volapük: Advance

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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