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Meaning of ADVANCE

Pronunciation:  ad'vans

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of moving forward toward a goal
  2. [n]  increase in price or value; "the news caused a general advance on the stock market"
  3. [n]  a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others; "she rejected his advances"
  4. [n]  a change for the better; progress in development
  5. [n]  a movement forward; "he listened for the progress of the troops"
  6. [n]  an amount paid before it is earned
  7. [v]  develop further; "We are advancing technology every day"
  8. [v]  rise in rate or price; "The stock market gained 24 points today"
  9. [v]  develop in a positive way; "He progressed well in school"; "My plants are coming along"; "Plans are shaping up"
  10. [v]  increase or raise; "boost the voltage in an electrical circuit"
  11. [v]  bring forward for consideration or acceptance; "advance an argument"
  12. [v]  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"
  13. [v]  move forward, also in the metaphorical sense; "Time marches on"
  14. [v]  cause to move forward; "Can you move the car seat forward?"
  15. [v]  move forward; of clocks and watches
  16. [v]  pay in advance; "Can you advance me some money?"
  17. [v]  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"
  18. [v]  contribute to the progress or growth of; "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"

ADVANCE is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: advancement, approach, betterment, boost, boost, bring forward, cash advance, come along, come on, elevate, encourage, feeler, forward motion, further, gain, gain, gain ground, get ahead, get along, get on, go on, improvement, kick upstairs, make headway, march on, move on, onward motion, overture, pass on, progress, progress, progress, progress, progression, progression, promote, pull ahead, raise, rise, set ahead, shape up, supercharge, throw out, upgrade, win
 Antonyms: back, break, bump, demote, drop off, fall back, fall back, fall behind, kick downstairs, lose, recede, recede, regress, relegate, retire, retrograde, retrogress
 See Also: accommodation, adjustment, advise, ameliorate, amend, amount, amount of money, assign, back up, better, brevet, bring up, career, carry, change of location, clear sailing, climb, close in, conduce, connive at, conservation, contribute, creep up, delegate, depute, designate, develop, displace, draw in, easy going, edge, elaboration, elapse, encroach, ennoble, entitle, favor, favour, feed, fitting, forge, foster, gentle, glide by, go, go along, go by, head, headway, help, hit, impinge, improve, inch, increase, increase, infringe, lapse, lead, leapfrog, leapfrog, lend, life history, loan, locomote, march, meliorate, motion, mount, move, move, movement, nose, overhaul, overtake, pass, penetrate, plain sailing, plough on, prefer, preservation, press on, proffer, propose, proposition, push, push on, rachet up, rack up, ratchet, ratchet down, recovery, refinement, regulate, resurgence, revitalisation, revitalization, revival, revivification, rise, score, set, shift, slide by, slip away, slip by, sneak up, spot promote, spur, steal, step-up, string, string along, suggest, suggestion, sum, sum of money, support, tally, tenure, transformation, transmutation, travel, travel, wax, wink at



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ad*vance"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Advanced}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Advancing}(#).] [OE. avancen, avauncen, F. avancer,
    fr. a supposed LL. abantiare; ab + ante (F. avant) before.
    The spelling with d was a mistake, a- being supposed to be
    fr. L. ad. See {Avaunt}.]
    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.
    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.
  2. \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.
  3. \Ad*vance"\, n. [Cf. F. avance, fr. avancer. See
    {Advance}, v.]
    1. The act of advancing or moving forward or upward;
    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.
    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.
             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.
  4. \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.
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