[ US /ədˈvæns/ ]
[ UK /ɐdvˈæns/ ]
  1. bring forward for consideration or acceptance
    advance an argument
  2. pay in advance
    Can you advance me some money?
  3. develop further
    We are advancing technology every day
  4. obtain advantages, such as points, etc.
    win points
    After defeating the Knicks, the Blazers pulled ahead of the Lakers in the battle for the number-one playoff berth in the Western Conference
    The home team was gaining ground
  5. cause to move forward
    Can you move the car seat forward?
  6. develop in a positive way
    Plans are shaping up
    My plants are coming along
    He progressed well in school
  7. contribute to the progress or growth of
    I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom
  8. increase or raise
    boost the voltage in an electrical circuit
  9. give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
    Women tend not to advance in the major law firms
    I got promoted after many years of hard work
    John was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired
  10. rise in rate or price
    The stock market gained 24 points today
  11. move forward, also in the metaphorical sense
    Time marches on
  12. move forward
    we have to advance clocks and watches when we travel eastward
  1. situated ahead or going before
    at that time the most advanced outpost was still east of the Rockies
    an advance party
  2. being ahead of time or need
    was beforehand with her report
    gave advance warning
  1. an amount paid before it is earned
  2. increase in price or value
    the news caused a general advance on the stock market
  3. a movement forward
    he listened for the progress of the troops
  4. the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)
  5. a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
    she rejected his advances
  6. a change for the better; progress in development
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How To Use advance In A Sentence

  • Even while he was missing, those uncertain hours of anxious speculation and dismal journalism, she had assumed Maxwell would be found boomingly alive, having spent the whole time enjoying the amorous advances of a short-sighted minke whale. Country of the Blind
  • Life itself, without the assistance of colleges and universities, is becoming an advanced institution of learning.
  • This research has done much to advance our understanding of language learning.
  • Reagan advanced on her, holding his gun steady.
  • Bond really has to work in this movie - he has to set up his cover well in advance and try not to be noticed.
  • I would show up unannounced, watch Jaime teach calculus, chat with Principal Henry Gradillas, check in with other Advanced Placement classes and in the early afternoon call my editor in Washington to say I was chasing down the latest medfly outbreak story, or whatever seemed believable at the time. Unlike many, Escalante believed in teaching, not sorting
  • Finance ministers and central bankers from the G-20 advanced and developing nations are meeting in South Korea Friday and Saturday to prepare for a summit of G-20 leaders next month. Japan Calls for Currency-Market Cooperation
  • People followed these advanced thinkers with unseemly haste. Times, Sunday Times
  • From the first, these universal histories represented both scientific advances and political and religious challenges.
  • If the developer has notified the planning authority in advance then the twenty eight day period is extended to four months.
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