Idioms

    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

1200–50; Middle English avauncen < Anglo-French, Old French avanc(i)er < Vulgar Latin *abantiāre, verbal derivative of Late Latin abante in front (of) (Latin ab away from, off + ante before); ad- by mistaking a- for a-5 in the 16th cent.
Related formsad·vanc·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·ad·vance, verb, o·ver·ad·vanced, o·ver·ad·vanc·ing, nounun·ad·vanc·ing, adjective

Synonyms for advance

Synonym study

13. Advance, move on, proceed all imply movement forward. Advance applies to forward movement, especially toward an objective: to advance to a platform. Proceed emphasizes movement, as from one place to another, and often implies continuing after a halt: to proceed on one's journey. Move on is similar in meaning to proceed; it does not, however, imply a definite goal: The crowd was told to move on.

Antonyms for advance

1, 2. withdraw. 13. retreat. 17. decrease.
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Examples from the Web for advance

Contemporary Examples of advance

Historical Examples of advance

  • In this a step in advance of some of our neighbours was taken.

  • This request he intended to refuse, and enjoyed in advance the humiliation of young Rushton.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • The boy shouldered the carpetbag and started in advance, Robert following.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Accompanied by one of the blacks, Eyre went on in advance to find water.

  • Judged by the discussions of to-day, what advance has in politics been effected?

    'Tis Sixty Years Since

    Charles Francis Adams


British Dictionary definitions for advance

advance

verb

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

noun

forward movement; progress in time or space
improvement; progress in development
commerce
  1. the supplying of commodities or funds before receipt of an agreed consideration
  2. the commodities or funds supplied in this manner
  3. (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
  1. beforehandpayment in advance
  2. (foll by of)ahead in time or developmentideas in advance of the time
(modifier) forward in position or timeadvance booking; an advance warning
See also advances
Derived Formsadvancer, nounadvancingly, adverb

Word Origin for advance

C15: 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 before
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Word Origin and History for advance
v.

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.

n.

c.1300, "boasting, ostentation," from advance (v.). Early 15c. as "advancement in rank, wealth, etc." Advances "amorous overtures" is from 1706.

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Idioms and Phrases with advance

advance

see in advance; make advances.

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