Nearby words

  1. adunc,
  2. adust,
  3. aduwa,
  4. adv.,
  5. advaita,
  6. advance corporation tax,
  7. advance directive,
  8. advance fee,
  9. advance guard,
  10. advance man

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

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for advances

advances

/ (ədˈvɑːnsɪz) /

pl n

(sometimes singular; often foll by to or towards) personal overtures made in an attempt to become friendly, gain a favour, etc

advance

/ (ədˈvɑːns) /

verb

noun

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 advances
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with advances

advance

see in advance; make advances.

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