Attempt to make someone's acquaintance or make overtures, as in The ambassador knew that the ministers would soon make advances to him. [Late 1600s]
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How to use make advances in a sentence
The research will be used to make advances in robotic technology and facilitate smoother interactions between humans and robots.
When she did hear it at length, she was excessively angry that she had been, as she terms it, 'the first to make advances.'The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. I (of II) | Charles James Lever
He did not speak until he was spoken to, and thus he challenged their interest, and they began to make advances to him.'Drag' Harlan | Charles Alden Seltzer
He immediately began to make advances toward Bucholz, with, however, but little success.Bucholz and the Detectives | Allan Pinkerton
He proceeded to make advances to Yosselé, she appealing to the child in his behalf.Yekl | Abraham Cahan
He could not make advances to her: he had no opportunity to do so: she was making advances to him!The Golden Fleece | Julian Hawthorne