- advance [ad vans′, ədvans′]vt.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.; promote3. to help or hasten the success or completion of; further [to advance a project]4. to put forward; propose5. to bring closer to the present; specif.,a) to cause (a future event) to happen earlierb) to assign a later date to (a past event)6. to raise the rate of; increase [to advance prices]7. to pay (money) before due8. to lendvi.1. to go forward; move ahead2. to make progress; improve; develop3. to rise in rank, importance, etc.4. to rise in price or cost; increasen.1. a moving forward2. an improvement; progress [new advances in science]3. a rise in value or cost4. [pl.] approaches to get favor, become acquainted, etc.; overtures ( to someone)5. a payment made before due, as of wages6. a loanadj.1. in front [advance guard]2. beforehand; ahead of time [advance information]——————in advance1. in front2. before due; ahead of timeadvancern.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
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.