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Definitions of advance

  1. contribute to the progress or growth of; " I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"
  2. the act of moving forward toward a goal
  3. increase in price or value; " the news caused a general advance on the stock market"
  4. a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others; " she rejected his advances"
  5. a movement forward; " he listened for the progress of the troops"
  6. an amount paid before it is earned
  7. develop further; " We are advancing technology every day"
  8. rise in rate or price; " The stock market gained 24 points today"
  9. develop in a positive way; " He progressed well in school"; " My plants are coming along"; " Plans are shaping up"
  10. bring forward for consideration or acceptance; " advance an argument"
  11. move forward, also in the metaphorical sense; " Time marches on"
  12. being ahead of time or need; " gave advance warning"; " was beforehand with her report"
  13. situated ahead or going before; " an advance party"; " at that time the most advanced outpost was still east of the Rockies"
  14. increase or raise; " boost the voltage in an electrical circuit"
  15. cause to move forward; " Can you move the car seat forward?"
  16. 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"
  17. 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"
  18. move forward; " we have to advance clocks and watches when we travel eastward"
  19. pay in advance; " Can you advance me some money?"
  20. To bring forward; to move towards the van or front; to make to go on.
  21. To raise; to elevate.
  22. To raise to a higher rank; to promote.
  23. 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.
  24. To bring to view or notice; to offer or propose; to show; as, to advance an argument.
  25. To make earlier, as an event or date; to hasten.
  26. 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.
  27. To raise to a higher point; to enhance; to raise in rate; as, to advance the price of goods.
  28. To extol; to laud.
  29. To move or go forward; to proceed; as, he advanced to greet me.
  30. To increase or make progress in any respect; as, to advance in knowledge, in stature, in years, in price.
  31. To rise in rank, office, or consequence; to be preferred or promoted.
  32. The act of advancing or moving forward or upward; progress.
  33. Improvement or progression, physically, mentally, morally, or socially; as, an advance in health, knowledge, or religion; an advance in rank or office.
  34. An addition to the price; rise in price or value; as, an advance on the prime cost of goods.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. To go forward.
  40. To cause to go forward; to propose; as, to advance an opinion; to increase; as, to advance prices; to further; as, to advance a cause; to lend or supply, as money, beforehand.
  41. A moving forward; improvement; an addition to or rise in value; an approach, as toward acquaintance: usually in plural; a loan; a supplying of money beforehand.
  42. Being or occurring before; as, an advance sale of tickets.
  43. To move forward, referring specifically to an operation on the tendinous insertion of a muscle which has become elongated and unable to perform its function properly; the tendon is severed from its attachment ( to the globe of the eye for example) and sutured at a point farther forward.
  44. To put forward, or to the van: to promote to a higher office: to encourage the progress of: to propose: to supply beforehand.
  45. To move or go forward: to make progress: to rise in rank.
  46. Progress: improvement : a giving beforehand.
  47. Forward motion or condition; improvement; payment beforehand; rise in rank or price.
  48. To move forward; to rise in rank or price.
  49. To put forward; to increase; to offer; to pay before hand.
  50. To move, bring, or go forward; accelerate; increase; progress.
  51. To pay beforehand.
  52. To elevate; promote.
  53. Being an advance.
  54. An advancing; progress; improvement; prepayment; proposal.
  55. The front; lead; start; van.
  56. Before. In advance, in front; beforehand.
  57. The act of coming forward; gradual progression; promotion; first step; movement towards; rise in price; furnishing of money or goods to others, in expectation of reimbursement; the property so furnished.
  58. To bring forward; to promote; to raise; to enhance; to improve; to forward; to supply beforehand or on credit.
  59. To go forward; to make progress; to be promoted.
  60. To move or bring forward; to raise to a higher rank; to propose; to pay beforehand; to be promoted.
  61. A moving or bringing forward; promotion; a rise in value or price; a giving beforehand; a proposal.
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Usage examples for advance

  1. If you wish to be paid for them, we will agree for them by the dozen; but do not expect to be paid in advance that will be impossible. – The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  2. I was a little in advance of Joe. – The Seaboard Parish, Complete by George MacDonald
  3. 326 The German runs no greater danger than to advance with and by the example of his neighbours. – Maxims and Reflections by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  4. When I have sent off this, I shall write another to some place about fifty miles in advance of you. – Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends by John Keats
  5. We advance for Goldsboro at daylight to- morrow. – Kinston, Whitehall and Goldsboro (North Carolina) expedition, December, 1862 by W. W. Howe
  6. Then Jud rode in, and the advance of the line was under way. – Dwellers in the Hills by Melville Davisson Post
  7. It was the one day in advance which had given him the strength of his position. – An Old Man's Love by Anthony Trollope
  8. 1175. Would your wife at home be able to get an advance of money from the merchant in that case, if she required it for the support of the family? – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  9. He felt he guessed in advance what was to come. – Lords of the Stratosphere by Arthur J. Burks
  10. I am ready to advance you that also. – A Hungarian Nabob by Maurus Jókai
  11. Keep a good look- out against a Federal advance from below. – Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War by G. F. R. Henderson
  12. Any advance on ten? – The Holiday Round by A. A. Milne
  13. She clearly recognized that Miss Martell was far in advance of her. – From Jest to Earnest by E. P. Roe
  14. Monsieur Bernardin, do you refuse to make me any advance – Monsieur Cherami by Charles Paul de Kock
  15. Anyhow, I want you and I'm willing to pay in advance – The Lure of the North by Harold Bindloss
  16. Evelyn was a few steps in advance – Alice, or The Mysteries, Book I by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  17. Next day more ground was taken in the advance toward Bapaume and German prisoners continued to fall into the Allies' hands. – America's War for Humanity by Thomas Herbert Russell
  18. " Well, now, folks has been laughin' about that story for the last seventy- five years, and I reckon they'll keep on laughin' as long as there's a old man or a old woman like me livin' to tell it;" and Aunt Jane began laughing in advance of the story. – The Land of Long Ago by Eliza Calvert Hall
  19. Rose made another effort even after that, though she knew she was beaten in advance – The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
  20. All had been engaged fully six weeks in advance – The Princess Virginia by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
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