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advance - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'advance' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Advance [ a.]
- Before in place, or beforehand in time; -- used for advanced; as, an advance guard, or that before the main guard or body of an army; advance payment, or that made before it is due; advance proofs, advance sheets, pages of a forthcoming volume, received in advance of the time of publication.
2 . Advance [ v.]
- The act of advancing or moving forward or upward; progress.
- Improvement or progression, physically, mentally, morally, or socially; as, an advance in health, knowledge, or religion; an advance in rank or office.
- An addition to the price; rise in price or value; as, an advance on the prime cost of goods.
- The first step towards the attainment of a result; approach made to gain favor, to form an acquaintance, to adjust a difference, etc.; an overture; a tender; an offer; -- usually in the plural.
- A furnishing of something before an equivalent is received (as money or goods), towards a capital or stock, or on loan; payment beforehand; the money or goods thus furnished; money or value supplied beforehand.
3 . Advance [ v. i.]
- To move or go forward; to proceed; as, he advanced to greet me.
- To increase or make progress in any respect; as, to advance in knowledge, in stature, in years, in price.
- To rise in rank, office, or consequence; to be preferred or promoted.
4 . Advance [ v. t.]
- To bring forward; to move towards the van or front; to make to go on.
- To raise; to elevate.
- To raise to a higher rank; to promote.
- To accelerate the growth or progress; to further; to forward; to help on; to aid; to heighten; as, to advance the ripening of fruit; to advance one's interests.
- To bring to view or notice; to offer or propose; to show; as, to advance an argument.
- To make earlier, as an event or date; to hasten.
- To furnish, as money or other value, before it becomes due, or in aid of an enterprise; to supply beforehand; as, a merchant advances money on a contract or on goods consigned to him.
- To raise to a higher point; to enhance; to raise in rate; as, to advance the price of goods.
- To extol; to laud.

Meaning of 'advance' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . advance [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a movement forward
Example in sentence:
  • he listened for the progress of the troops
Meaning (2):
- a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
Example in sentence:
  • she rejected his advances
Meaning (3):
- increase in price or value
Example in sentence:
  • the news caused a general advance on the stock market
4 . advance [ v]
Meaning (4):
- bring forward for consideration or acceptance
Example in sentence:
  • advance an argument
Meaning (5):
- obtain advantages, such as points, etc.
Example in sentence:
  • After defeating the Knicks, the Blazers pulled ahead of the Lakers in the battle for the number-one playoff berth in the Western Conference;
  • The home team was gaining ground;
  • win points
Meaning (6):
- increase or raise
Example in sentence:
  • boost the voltage in an electrical circuit;
  • OPEC bumped up the price of oil
Meaning (7):
- pay in advance
Example in sentence:
  • Can you advance me some money?
Meaning (8):
- cause to move forward
Example in sentence:
  • Can you move the car seat forward?
Meaning (9):
- develop in a positive way
Example in sentence:
  • He progressed well in school;
  • My plants are coming along;
  • Plans are shaping up
Meaning (10):
- contribute to the progress or growth of
Example in sentence:
  • I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom
Meaning (11):
- give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
Example in sentence:
  • I got promoted after many years of hard work;
  • John was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired;
  • Women tend not to advance in the major law firms
Meaning (12):
- rise in rate or price
Example in sentence:
  • The stock market gained 24 points today
Meaning (13):
- move forward, also in the metaphorical sense
Example in sentence:
  • Time marches on
Meaning (14):
- develop further
Example in sentence:
  • We are advancing technology every day
Meaning (15):
- move forward
Example in sentence:
  • we have to advance clocks and watches when we travel eastward
16 . advance [ s]
Meaning (16):
- situated ahead or going before
Example in sentence:
  • an advance party;
  • at that time the most advanced outpost was still east of the Rockies
Meaning (17):
- being ahead of time or need
Example in sentence:
  • gave advance warning;
  • was beforehand with her report