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.
- advance corporation tax,
- advance directive,
- advance fee,
- advance guard,
- advance man
Origin of advance
- 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.
Beforehand, ahead of time. For example, He insisted on being paid half his fee in advance.
in advance of. In front of, as in The point man moved in advance of the squad. [Mid-1600s]
see in advance; make advances.