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
Related formsad·vanc·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·ad·vance, verb, o·ver·ad·vanced, o·ver·ad·vanc·ing, nounun·ad·vanc·ing, adjective
Examples from the Web for 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?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In fact, these kinds of advances helped give religion another huge window of opportunity for racial reconciliation in the 1960s.
Throughout the 1990s, advances in chemistry led the materials solidify more quickly, thus making 3D printing more useful.
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.|Jamie Dettmer|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Advances in communication and social media have changed the way we interact with each other in a number of different ways.
As the afternoon advances, for variation, there is a fight at the barriers.Life on a Mediaeval Barony|William Stearns Davis
No; it were better, after all, that no advances should be made now.A Bride from the Bush|E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
Gracefully she raises her veil over her Spanish hood, and advances cautiously, as the old man closes the door behind her.An Outcast|F. Colburn Adams
At first, no doubt, as Lady Anne looked upon the advances of Richard.The Guardian Angel|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
I am extremely proud of the advances we have made in ensuring equality and protecting the basic freedoms of all Americans.
British Dictionary definitions for advances (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for advances (2 of 2)
- 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
Derived Formsadvancer, nounadvancingly, adverb
Word Origin for advance
Idioms and Phrases with advances
see in advance; make advances.