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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ad•vance /ædˈvæns/USA pronunciation
v., -vanced, -vanc•ing,n., adj.
to move, send, or bring forward: [~ + object]to advance a deadline; The general advanced his armies to the border.[no object]The army advanced to the border.[no object; (~ + on + object)]He advanced on the city.
[~ + object] to bring into consideration;
propose:advanced a proposal for a tax cut.
[~ + object] to further the development, progress, or prospects of: to advance one's interests.
to raise in rank; promote: [~ + object]advanced the soldier from private to corporal.[no object]The soldier advanced rapidly through the ranks.
to increase in rate or amount: [~ + object]The central bank quietly advanced interest rates.[no object]Prices advanced in the last quarter.
[~ + object + object] to furnish or supply on credit:We advanced her money to buy a new car.
[no object] to improve or make progress:The economy advanced last year.
[countable] a forward movement: the advance of the troops.
[countable] a development showing progress; a step forward;
advancement:The prize is awarded for advances in science.
Usually, advances. [plural]
- initial steps in forming an acquaintanceship, reaching an agreement, etc.:made a few discreet advances toward a corporate merger.
Business[countable] a rise in price, value, etc:Advances outnumbered declines on the stock market.
Business[countable] a furnishing of something before an equivalent is received, esp. money or a payment:an advance on one's salary.
adj. [before a noun]
going or placed before:an advance guard.
made, given, or issued ahead of time:an advance payment.
- sexually suggestive overtones:She resisted his advances.
- beforehand: Get your tickets in advance.
- [be + ~ + of + object] better developed: These computers are far in advance of the old ones.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
advance /ədˈvɑːns/ vb
- to go or bring forward in position
- (followed by on) to move (towards) in a threatening manner
- (transitive) to present for consideration; suggest
- to bring or be brought to a further stage of development; improve; further
- (transitive) to cause (an event) to occur earlier
- (transitive) to supply (money, goods, etc) beforehand, either for a loan or as an initial payment
- to increase (a price, value, rate of occurrence, etc) or (of a price, etc) to be increased
- (intransitive) to improve one's position; be promoted
See also advancesEtymology: 15th Century: advauncen, altered (on the model of words beginning with Latin ad-) from C13 avauncen, via Old French from Latin abante from before, from ab- away from + ante beforeadˈvancer n
- forward movement; progress in time or space
- improvement; progress in development
- the supplying of commodities or funds before receipt of an agreed consideration
- the commodities or funds supplied in this manner
- Also called: advance payment a money payment made before it is legally due: this is an advance on your salary
- a loan of money
- an increase in price, value, rate of occurrence, etc
- a less common word for advancement
- in advance ⇒ beforehand: payment in advance
- (followed by of) ahead in time or development: ideas in advance of the time
- (modifier) forward in position or time: advance booking, an advance warning
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