Skip to definition.
Get the FREE one-click dictionary software for Windows or the iPhone/iPad and Android apps

Verb: advance  ud'vãn(t)s
  1. Move forward, also in the metaphorical sense
    "Time advances";
    - progress, pass on, move on, march on, go on
  2. Bring forward for consideration or acceptance
    "advance an argument";
    - throw out
  3. Increase or raise
    "advance the voltage in an electrical circuit";
    - boost, supercharge
  4. Contribute to the progress or growth of
    "I am advancing the use of computers in the classroom";
    - promote, boost, further, encourage
  5. Cause to move forward
    - bring forward
  6. Obtain advantages, such as points, etc.
    - gain, win, pull ahead, make headway, get ahead, gain ground
  7. Make progress in knowledge or status
    "He advanced well in school";
    - progress, come on, come along, get on, get along, shape up
  8. Become more developed and sophisticated
    "We are advancing technology every day"
  9. Give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
    "Women tend not to advance in the major law firms";
    - promote, upgrade, kick upstairs, raise, elevate
  10. Pay in advance
    "Can you advance me some money?"
  11. Move forward
    "we have to advance clocks and watches when we travel eastward";
    - set ahead
  12. Rise in rate or price
    "The stock market advanced 24 points today";
    - gain
Noun: advance  ud'vãn(t)s
  1. A movement forward
    "he listened for the advance of the troops";
    - progress, progression
  2. A change for the better; progress in development
    - improvement, betterment
  3. A tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
    "she rejected his advances";
    - overture, approach, feeler
  4. The act of moving forward (as toward a goal)
    - progress, progression, procession, advancement, forward motion, onward motion
  5. An amount paid before it is earned
    - cash advance
  6. Increase in price or value
    "the news caused a general advance on the stock market";
    - rise
Adjective: advance  ud'vãn(t)s
  1. Being ahead of time or need
    "gave advance warning";
    - beforehand
  2. Situated ahead or going before
    "an advance party"; "an in advance party";
    - advanced, in advance

Derived forms: advanced, advances, advancing

See also: convey, early, front, set, travel

Type of: advise, ameliorate, amend, amount, amount of money, assign, back up, better, change of location, climb, delegate, depute, designate, develop, displace, go, improve, increase, lend, loan, locomote, meliorate, mend, motion, mount, move, movement, proffer, propose, proposition, rise, set, shift, step-up, suggest, suggestion, sum, sum of money, support, transformation, transmutation, travel, wax

Antonym: recede

Encyclopedia: Advance, NC