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Definition of 'advance'

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  1. a movement forward; "he listened for the progress of the troops"
       Synonyms: progress progression
  2. a change for the better; progress in development
       Synonyms: improvement betterment
  3. a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others; "she rejected his advances"
       Synonyms: overture approach feeler
  4. the act of moving forward toward a goal
       Synonyms: progress progression procession advancement forward motion onward motion
  5. an amount paid before it is earned
       Synonyms: cash advance
  6. increase in price or value; "the news caused a general advance on the stock market"
       Synonyms: rise


  1. move forward, also in the metaphorical sense; "Time marches on"
       Synonyms: progress pass on move on march on go on
       Antonyms: recede fall back retire
  2. bring forward for consideration or acceptance; "advance an argument"
       Synonyms: throw out
  3. increase or raise; "boost the voltage in an electrical circuit"
       Synonyms: boost supercharge
  4. contribute to the progress or growth of; "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"
       Synonyms: promote boost further encourage
  5. cause to move forward; "Can you move the car seat forward?"
       Synonyms: bring forward
       Antonyms: back
  6. obtain advantages, such as points, etc.; "The home team was gaining ground"; "After defeating the Knicks, the Blazers pulled ahead of the Lakers in the battle for the number-one playoff berth in the Western Conference"
       Synonyms: gain win pull ahead make headway get ahead gain ground
       Antonyms: fall back lose drop off fall behind recede
  7. develop in a positive way; "He progressed well in school"; "My plants are coming along"; "Plans are shaping up"
       Synonyms: progress come on come along get on get along shape up
       Antonyms: regress retrograde retrogress
  8. develop further; "We are advancing technology every day"
  9. give a promotion to or assign to a higher position; "John was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired"; "Women tend not to advance in the major law firms"; "I got promoted after many years of hard work"
       Synonyms: promote upgrade kick upstairs raise elevate
       Antonyms: demote bump relegate break kick downstairs
  10. pay in advance; "Can you advance me some money?"
  11. move forward; "we have to advance clocks and watches when we travel eastward"
       Synonyms: set ahead
  12. rise in rate or price; "The stock market gained 24 points today"
       Synonyms: gain


  1. being ahead of time or need; "gave advance warning"; "was beforehand with her report"
       Synonyms: beforehand
  2. situated ahead or going before; "an advance party"; "at that time the most advanced outpost was still east of the Rockies"
       Synonyms: advanced in advance

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