advance [ad vans′, ədvans′]
advanced, advancing [ME avancen < OFr avancer, to forward < VL * abantiare < L ab-, from + ante, before: sp. ad- by assoc. with L ad, to, forward]
1. to bring forward; move forward [to advance a chessman]
2. to raise in rank, importance, etc.; promote
3. to help or hasten the success or completion of; further [to advance a project]
4. to put forward; propose
5. to bring closer to the present; specif.,
a) to cause (a future event) to happen earlier
b) to assign a later date to (a past event)
6. to raise the rate of; increase [to advance prices]
7. to pay (money) before due
8. to lend
1. to go forward; move ahead
2. to make progress; improve; develop
3. to rise in rank, importance, etc.
4. to rise in price or cost; increase
1. a moving forward
2. an improvement; progress [new advances in science]
3. a rise in value or cost
4. [pl.] approaches to get favor, become acquainted, etc.; overtures ( to someone)
5. a payment made before due, as of wages
6. a loan
1. in front [advance guard]
2. beforehand; ahead of time [advance information]
in advance
1. in front
2. before due; ahead of time
SYN.- ADVANCE is used to describe assistance in hastening the course of anything or in moving toward an objective; to PROMOTE is to help in the establishment, development, or success of something [to promote good will ]; FORWARD emphasizes the idea of action as an impetus [concessions were made to forward the pact ]; FURTHER emphasizes assistance in bringing a desired goal closer [to further a cause ] -ANT. RETARD, CHECK

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