- to move or bring forward: The general advanced his troops to the new position.
- to bring into consideration or notice; suggest; propose: to advance reasons for a tax cut.
- to improve; further: to advance one's interests.
- to raise in rank; promote: The board of directors advanced him to president.
- to raise in rate or amount; increase: to advance the price.
- to bring forward in time; accelerate: to advance growth; to advance clocks one hour.
- to supply beforehand; furnish on credit or before goods are delivered or work is done.
- to furnish as part of a stock or fund.
- to supply or pay in expectation of reimbursement: They advanced her $5000 against future royalties.
- to schedule at a later time or date: to advance a meeting from early to late fall.
- Informal. to do advance publicity for: to advance a rock singer's personal appearances; the most heavily advanced sports event in history.
- Archaic. to raise, as a banner.
- to move or go forward; proceed: The troops advanced.
- to increase in quantity, value, price, etc.: His stock advanced three points.
- (of a color, form, etc., on a flat surface) to move toward or be perceived as moving toward an observer, especially as giving the illusion of space.Compare recede1(def 3).
- to improve or make progress.
- to grow or rise in importance, status, etc.: to advance in rank.
- Informal. to provide publicity; do promotion: He was hired to advance for a best-selling author.
- a forward movement; progress in space: the advance of the troops to the border.
- promotion; improvement in importance, rank, etc.: his advance to the position of treasurer.
- Usually advances.
- attempts at forming an acquaintanceship, reaching an agreement, or the like, made by one party.
- actions or words intended to be sexually inviting.
- addition to price; rise in price: an advance on cottons.
- a giving beforehand; a furnishing of something before an equivalent is received: An advance on his next month's salary permitted him to pay his debt on time.
- the money or goods thus furnished: He received $100 as an advance against future delivery.
- copy prepared before the event it describes has occurred: The morning papers carried advances on the ceremony, which will take place tonight.
- a press release, wire-service dispatch, or the like, as one containing the text or partial text of a speech, sent to arrive in advance of the event to which it is related.Compare release copy.
- the leading body of an army.
- Military. (formerly) the order or a signal to advance.
- publicity done before the appearance of a noted person, a public event, etc.: She was hired to do advance for the candidate.
- a person hired to do advance publicity for an event: He is regarded as the best advance in the business.
- Automotive, Machinery. an adjustment made in the setting of the distributor of an internal-combustion engine to generate the spark for ignition in each cylinder earlier in the cycle.Compare retard(def 5).
- Geology. a seaward movement of the shoreline.
- going or placed before: an advance section of a train.
- made or given ahead of time: an advance payment on a loan.
- issued ahead of time: an advance copy of the president's speech.
- having gone beyond others or beyond the average.
- in advance, ahead of time; beforehand: You must get your tickets in advance.
- in advance of, in front of; before: Heralds walked in advance of the king.
Origin of advance
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- to go or bring forward in position
- (foll by on) to move (towards) in a threatening manner
- (tr) to present for consideration; suggest
- to bring or be brought to a further stage of development; improve; further
- (tr) to cause (an event) to occur earlier
- (tr) 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
- (intr) to improve one's position; be promotedhe advanced rapidly in his job
- (tr) archaic to promote in rank, status, or position
- 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
- (as modifier)an advance supply
- Also called: advance payment a money payment made before it is legally duethis 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 (def. 1)
- in advance
- beforehandpayment in advance
- (foll by of)ahead in time or developmentideas in advance of the time
- (modifier) forward in position or timeadvance booking; an advance warning
Word Origin and History for unadvancing
c.1300, "boasting, ostentation," from advance (v.). Early 15c. as "advancement in rank, wealth, etc." Advances "amorous overtures" is from 1706.
mid-13c., avauncen, transitive, "improve (something), further the development of," from Old French avancier "move forward" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *abanteare (source of Italian avanzare, Spanish avanzar), from Late Latin abante "from before," composed of ab- "from" (see ab-) + ante "before, in front of, against" (see ante).
The -d- was inserted 16c. on mistaken notion that initial a- was from Latin ad-. From c.1300 as "to promote;" intransitive sense is mid-14c., "move forward." Meaning "to give money before it is legally due" is first attested 1670s. Related: Advanced; advancing. The adjective (in advance warning, etc.) is recorded from 1843.