verb (used with object), ad·vanced, ad·vanc·ing.
verb (used without object), ad·vanced, ad·vanc·ing.
- attempts at forming an acquaintanceship, reaching an agreement, or the like, made by one party.
- actions or words intended to be sexually inviting.
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of advance
Synonyms for advance
Antonyms for advance
Related Words for advancesprogress, advancement, development, breakthrough, rise, increase, step, growth, gain, boost, hike, propel, accelerate, storm, promote, speed, achieve, offer, encourage, introduce
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Contemporary Examples of advances
The jet engine instantly brought two advances over propellers: it doubled the speed and it was far more reliable.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?
January 4, 2015
In fact, these kinds of advances helped give religion another huge window of opportunity for racial reconciliation in the 1960s.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
Clearly, the advances were not reciprocated but Williams “continued to talk about sucking dick.”Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault
December 21, 2014
Throughout the 1990s, advances in chemistry led the materials solidify more quickly, thus making 3D printing more useful.Pioneers in Printing
The Daily Beast
October 21, 2014
In the last few days U.S. airstrikes have slowed the ISIS advances, but not enough.Kobani is Falling to ISIS in Syria. Kurd Protests Explode in Turkey.
October 10, 2014
Historical Examples of advances
He repulsed the advances of neighbors, and became what Robert called him—a miser.Brave and Bold
He then takes leave of his followers, one by one, and advances alone to attack the dragon.Beowulf
We must hold that to be no crime which advances our common objects.
While Calderon gains ground with the prince, Uzeda advances with the king.
I shall repay the—hum—the advances I have had from you, sir, with peculiar pleasure.Little Dorrit
- 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
- beforehandpayment in advance
- (foll by of)ahead in time or developmentideas in advance of the time
Word Origin for advance
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.
see in advance; make advances.