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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ADV'ANCE, v.t. adv'ans. [Heb. surface, face; whence.]
1. To bring forward; to move further in front. Hence,
2. To promote; to raise to a higher rank; as, to advance one from the bar to the bench.
3. To improve or make better, which is considered as a progression or moving forward; as, to advance one's true interests.
4. To forward; to accelerate growth; as, to advance the growth of plants.
5. To offer or propose; to bring to view or notice; as, to advance an opinion or an argument.
6. In commerce, to supply beforehand; to furnish on credit, or before goods are delivered, or work done; or to furnish as a part of a stock or fund; as, to advance money on loan or contract, or towards a purchase or establishment.
7. To furnish for others; to supply or pay for others, in expectation of reimbursement.
They advanced the money out of their own funds, and took the sheriff's deeds in their own name.
8. To raise; to enhance; as, to advance the price of goods.
ADV'ANCE, v.i.
1. To move or go forward; to proceed; as, the troops advanced.
2. To improve, or make progress; to grow better, greater, wiser or older; as, to advance in knowledge, in stature, in wisdom, or in years.
3. To rise in rank, office, or consequence; to be preferred, or promoted; as, to advance in political standing.
1. A moving forward, or towards the front.
2. Gradual progression; improvement; as, an advance in religion or knowledge.
3. Advancement; promotion; preferment; as, an advance in rank or office.
4. First hint by way of invitation; first step towards an agreement; as, A made an advance towards a reconciliation with B. In this sense, it is very frequently used in the plural.
The amours of an empress require the plainest advances.
5. In trade, additional price; profit; as, an advance on the prime cost of goods.
6. A giving beforehand; a furnishing of something, on contract, before an equivalent is received, as money or goods, towards a capital or stock, or on loan; or the money or goods thus furnished; as, A made large advances to B.
7. A furnishing of money or goods for others, in expectation of reimbursement; or the property so furnished.
I shall, with great pleasure, make the necessary advances.
The account was made up with intent to show what advances had been made.
In advance, in front; before; also beforehand; before an equivalent is received, or when one partner in trade has furnished more than his proportion; as, A is in advance to B a thousand dollars or pounds.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: being ahead of time or need; "gave advance warning"; "was beforehand with her report" [syn: advance, beforehand]
2: situated ahead or going before; "an advance party"; "at that time the most advanced outpost was still east of the Rockies" [syn: advance, advanced, in advance] n
1: a movement forward; "he listened for the progress of the troops" [syn: progress, progression, advance]
2: a change for the better; progress in development [syn: improvement, betterment, advance]
3: a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others; "she rejected his advances" [syn: overture, advance, approach, feeler]
4: the act of moving forward (as toward a goal) [syn: progress, progression, procession, advance, advancement, forward motion, onward motion] [ant: retreat]
5: an amount paid before it is earned [syn: advance, cash advance]
6: increase in price or value; "the news caused a general advance on the stock market" [syn: advance, rise] v
1: move forward, also in the metaphorical sense; "Time marches on" [syn: advance, progress, pass on, move on, march on, go on] [ant: draw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retire, retreat, withdraw]
2: bring forward for consideration or acceptance; "advance an argument" [syn: advance, throw out]
3: increase or raise; "boost the voltage in an electrical circuit" [syn: boost, advance, supercharge]
4: contribute to the progress or growth of; "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom" [syn: promote, advance, boost, further, encourage]
5: cause to move forward; "Can you move the car seat forward?" [syn: advance, bring forward] [ant: 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" [syn: gain, advance, win, pull ahead, make headway, get ahead, gain ground] [ant: drop off, fall back, fall behind, lose, recede]
7: develop in a positive way; "He progressed well in school"; "My plants are coming along"; "Plans are shaping up" [syn: progress, come on, come along, advance, get on, get along, shape up] [ant: 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" [syn: promote, upgrade, advance, kick upstairs, raise, elevate] [ant: break, bump, demote, kick downstairs, relegate]
10: pay in advance; "Can you advance me some money?"
11: move forward; "we have to advance clocks and watches when we travel eastward" [syn: advance, set ahead]
12: rise in rate or price; "The stock market gained 24 points today" [syn: advance, gain]

Merriam Webster's

I. verb (advanced; advancing) Etymology: Middle English advauncen, from Anglo-French avancer, from Vulgar Latin *abantiare, from Late Latin abante in front, from Latin ab- + ante before more at ante- Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to accelerate the growth or progress of <advance a cause> 2. to bring or move forward <advance a pawn> 3. to raise to a higher rank 4. archaic to lift up ; raise 5. to bring forward in time; especially to make earlier <advance the date of the meeting> 6. to bring forward for notice, consideration, or acceptance ; propose <advance an idea> 7. to supply or furnish in expectation of repayment <advance a loan> 8. to raise in rate ; increase <advance the rent> intransitive verb 1. to move forward ; proceed <an advancing army> 2. to make progress ; increase <advance in age> 3. to rise in rank, position, or importance <advance through the ranks> 4. to rise in rate or price <advancing wages> advancer noun Synonyms: advance, promote, forward, further mean to help (someone or something) to move ahead. advance stresses effective assisting in hastening a process or bringing about a desired end <advance the cause of peace>. promote suggests an encouraging or fostering and may denote an increase in status or rank <a campaign to promote better health>. forward implies an impetus forcing something ahead <a wage increase would forward productivity>. further suggests a removing of obstacles in the way of a desired advance <used the marriage to further his career>. II. noun Date: 1668 1. a moving forward 2. a. progress in development <mistaking material advance for spiritual enrichment H. J. Laski> b. a progressive step ; improvement <an advance in medical technique> 3. a rise in price, value, or amount 4. a first step or approach made <her attitude discouraged all advances> 5. a provision of something (as money or goods) before a return is received; also the money or goods supplied III. adjective Date: 1701 1. made, sent, or furnished ahead of time <advance sales> 2. going or situated before <an advance party of soldiers> <an advance guard>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v., n., & adj. --v. 1 tr. & intr. move or put forward. 2 intr. make progress. 3 tr. a pay (money) before it is due. b lend (money). 4 tr. give active support to; promote (a person, cause, or plan). 5 tr. put forward (a claim or suggestion). 6 tr. cause (an event) to occur at an earlier date (advanced the meeting three hours). 7 tr. raise (a price). 8 intr. rise (in price). 9 tr. (as advanced adj.) a far on in progress (the work is well advanced). b ahead of the times (advanced ideas). --n. 1 an act of going forward. 2 progress. 3 a payment made before the due time. 4 a loan. 5 (esp. in pl.; often foll. by to) an amorous or friendly approach. 6 a rise in price. --attrib.adj. done or supplied beforehand (advance warning; advance copy). Phrases and idioms: advanced (or advanced supplementary) level (in the UK) a GCE examination of a standard higher than ordinary level and GCSE. advance guard a body of soldiers preceding the main body of an army. advance on approach threateningly. in advance ahead in place or time. Derivatives: advancer n. Etymology: ME f. OF avancer f. LL abante in front f. L ab away + ante before: (n.) partly through F avance

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Advance Ad*vance", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Advanced; p. pr. & vb. n. Advancing(#).] [OE. avancen, avauncen, F. avancer, fr. a supposed LL. abantiare; ab + ante (F. avant) before. The spelling with d was a mistake, a- being supposed to be fr. L. ad. See Avaunt.] 1. To bring forward; to move towards the van or front; to make to go on. 2. To raise; to elevate. [Archaic] They . . . advanced their eyelids. --Shak. 3. To raise to a higher rank; to promote. Ahasueres . . . advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes. --Esther iii. 1. 4. 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. 5. To bring to view or notice; to offer or propose; to show; as, to advance an argument. Some ne'er advance a judgment of their own. --Pope. 6. To make earlier, as an event or date; to hasten. 7. 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. 8. To raise to a higher point; to enhance; to raise in rate; as, to advance the price of goods. 9. To extol; to laud. [Obs.] Greatly advancing his gay chivalry. --Spenser. Syn: To raise; elevate; exalt; aggrandize; improve; heighten; accelerate; allege; adduce; assign.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Advance Ad*vance", v. i. 1. To move or go forward; to proceed; as, he advanced to greet me. 2. To increase or make progress in any respect; as, to advance in knowledge, in stature, in years, in price. 3. To rise in rank, office, or consequence; to be preferred or promoted. Advanced to a level with ancient peers. --Prescott.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Advance Ad*vance", 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Advance Ad*vance", n. [Cf. F. avance, fr. avancer. See Advance, v.] 1. The act of advancing or moving forward or upward; progress. 2. Improvement or progression, physically, mentally, morally, or socially; as, an advance in health, knowledge, or religion; an advance in rank or office. 3. An addition to the price; rise in price or value; as, an advance on the prime cost of goods. 4. 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. [He] made the like advances to the dissenters. --Swift. 5. 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. I shall, with pleasure, make the necessary advances. --Jay. The account was made up with intent to show what advances had been made. --Kent. In advance (a) In front; before. (b) Beforehand; before an equivalent is received. (c) In the state of having advanced money on account; as, A is in advance to B a thousand dollars or pounds.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(advances, advancing, advanced) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. To advance means to move forward, often in order to attack someone. Reports from Chad suggest that rebel forces are advancing on the capital... The water is advancing at a rate of 5cm a day... ...a picture of a man throwing himself before an advancing tank. VERB: V prep/adv, V, V-ing 2. To advance means to make progress, especially in your knowledge of something. Medical technology has advanced considerably... = progress VERB: V see also advanced 3. If you advance someone a sum of money, you lend it to them, or pay it to them earlier than arranged. I advanced him some money, which he would repay on our way home... The bank advanced $1.2 billion to help the country with debt repayments. = lend VERB: V n n, V n 4. An advance is money which is lent or paid to someone before they would normally receive it. She was paid a 100,000 advance for her next two novels. N-COUNT 5. To advance an event, or the time or date of an event, means to bring it forward to an earlier time or date. Too much protein in the diet may advance the ageing process... = bring forward ? put back VERB: V n 6. If you advance a cause, interest, or claim, you support it and help to make it successful. When not producing art of his own, Oliver was busy advancing the work of others. = further VERB: V n 7. When a theory or argument is advanced, it is put forward for discussion. Many theories have been advanced as to why some women suffer from depression... = put forward VERB: usu passive, be V-ed 8. An advance is a forward movement of people or vehicles, usually as part of a military operation. ...an advance on enemy positions... ? retreat N-VAR 9. An advance in a particular subject or activity is progress in understanding it or in doing it well. Air safety has not improved since the dramatic advances of the 1970s... = development N-VAR 10. If something is an advance on what was previously available or done, it is better in some way. This could be an advance on the present situation. N-SING: usu a N on n 11. Advance booking, notice, or warning is done or given before an event happens. They don't normally give any advance notice about which building they're going to inspect... ADJ: ADJ n 12. An advance party or group is a small group of people who go on ahead of the main group. The 20-strong advance party will be followed by another 600 soldiers as part of UN relief efforts. = expeditionary ADJ: ADJ n 13. If one thing happens or is done in advance of another, it happens or is done before the other thing. I had asked everyone to submit questions in advance of the meeting. = ahead PREP-PHRASE 14. If you do something in advance, you do it before a particular date or event. The subject of the talk is announced a week in advance. PHRASE: PHR after v

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. 1. Push, send, or set forward or onward, propel, bring forward, move toward the front. 2. Promote, aggrandize, exalt, elevate, dignify, raise to preferment, raise to higher rank. 3. Forward, further, promote, improve, strengthen, benefit, make better, encourage the progress of. 4. Allege, adduce, propose, offer, assign, propound, bring forward, lay down. 5. Pay beforehand, supply beforehand, furnish on credit, lend, loan. 6. Increase (as price), enhance, augment, raise, make greater, make higher. II. v. n. 1. Proceed, progress, make progress, make way, get forward, go forward, get on, go on, get along, come on, gain ground, rise. 2. Improve, grow, thrive, prosper, make improvement. III. n. 1. Progress, progression, procedure, movement to the front, march, way, moving forward. 2. Improvement, growth, advancement, rise, enhancement, progress, promotion, preferment. 3. Payment beforehand, anticipated payment, loan. 4. Tender, offer, proposal, proposition, proffer, overture, addresses. 5. Increase (of price), enhancement, rise, appreciation.

Moby Thesaurus

Brownian movement, Great Leap Forward, Wall Street loan, abet, accelerate, access, accession, accommodate with, accommodation, accomplishment, accost, accretion, accrual, accrue, accruement, acculturate, accumulate, accumulation, achieve success, act for, addition, adduce, advance, advance against, advance upon, advancement, advancing, advantage, advent, afflux, affluxion, aggrandize, aggrandizement, ahead of time, aid, air, allege, ameliorate, amelioration, amend, amendment, amplification, anabasis, angular motion, answer, appreciate, appreciation, approach, approaching, appropinquate, appropinquation, approximate, approximation, appulse, array, arrive, ascend, ascending, ascent, asking price, assert, assist, augmentation, avail, axial motion, back, back up, backflowing, backing, backward motion, balloon, ballooning, be a success, be instrumental, be right, bear down on, bear down upon, bear fruit, bear up, befit, befitting, before, beforehand, benefit, better, bettering, betterment, beyond, bid, bloat, bloating, bloom, blossom, blossoming, boom, boost, bowl, break bounds, break no bones, break through, breakthrough, breed, bring before, bring forward, bring on, bring to bear, bring up, broach, broaden, broadening, budge, buildup, bunt, butt, call loan, call money, career, change, change place, circle, cite, civilize, climb, climbing, close, close in, close with, collateral loan, come, come along, come closer, come forward, come near, come on, come through, come up, coming, coming near, coming toward, commend to attention, conduce to, confront, continue, contribute to, counterattack, course, cover ground, crescendo, current, cut a swath, decide, demand loan, deploy, deposit, descend, descending, descent, determine, develop, development, developmental change, do good, do no harm, do the trick, do well, downward motion, draw near, draw nigh, drift, driftage, drive, ebb, ebbing, edema, edify, educate, elaboration, elapse, elevate, elevation, emend, encounter, encourage, encroach, endure, enhance, enhancement, enjoy prosperity, enlargement, enlighten, ennoble, ennoblement, enrich, enrichment, eugenics, euthenics, evolute, evolution, evolutionary change, evolve, evolvement, evolving, exalt, exaltation, expansion, expedite, expediting, expedition, expire, explication, expose, extension, external loan, facilitate, facilitation, farewell, fatten, favor, feeler, fill the bill, fit, flank, flight, flit, float a loan, flood, flow, flow on, flower, flowering, flowing toward, flux, fly, foreign loan, forge ahead, forthcoming, forward, forward motion, forwardal, forwarding, foster, further, furtherance, furthering, gain, gain ground, gain strength, gain upon, gas, gather head, gather way, get ahead, get along, get on, get on swimmingly, get on well, get over, get there, glide, glorify, go, go ahead, go along, go around, go between, go by, go far, go fast, go forward, go on, go places, go round, go sideways, go straight, go too far, go up, go well, go-ahead, gradual change, graduate, graduation, greatening, grow, grow better, growth, gush, gyrate, hasten, have it made, headway, heighten, help, helping along, hike, imminence, immortalize, impel, improve, improve upon, improvement, in advance, in front of, increase, increment, infiltrate, inflation, influence, infringe, intensify, introduce, intrude, invade, invitation, irrupt, jump, kick upstairs, knight, knighting, know no bounds, lapse, lard, last, launch, launch an attack, lay, lay before, lay down, lead to, leap, lease-lend, lend, lend wings to, lend-lease, lending, lending at interest, lift, loan, loan-shark, loan-sharking, loaning, long-term loan, look up, magnify, make a breakthrough, make a motion, make a success, make an improvement, make an inroad, make for, make good, make good time, make head against, make headway, make it, make progress, make progress against, make strides, make the scene, make up leeway, march, march against, march upon, marshal, maturate, maturation, mature, mediate, meliorate, melioration, mellow, mend, mending, minister to, moneylending, moot, mount, mount an attack, mounting, move, move forward, move over, multiplication, multiply, narrow the gap, natural development, natural growth, near, nearing, nearness, negotiate a loan, nonviolent change, not come amiss, nurture, oblique motion, offer, offer a resolution, offering, oncoming, ongoing, onrush, onward course, open an offensive, open up, overstep, overstep the bounds, overture, pass, pass along, pass by, pass on, passage, passing, pay raise, pedal, perk up, pick up, pickup, plead, plunge, plunging, pole, policy loan, pose, posit, postulate, predicate, prefer, preferential treatment, preferment, preliminary approach, prepay, prepayment, present, presentation, press on, proceed, produce, productiveness, proffer, proficiency, profit, progress, progression, progressiveness, proliferate, proliferation, promote, promotion, propel, propose, proposition, propound, prosper, proximate, proximation, push, push forward, put forth, put forward, put it to, quicken, radial motion, raise, rally, random motion, recommend, recovery, redound to, refine upon, reflowing, refluence, reflux, reform, regress, regression, restoration, retrogress, retrogression, revival, ripen, ripening, rise, rising, roll, roll on, rolling, rolling on, rotate, row, run, run its course, run on, run out, run up, rush, rushing, secured loan, serve, set, set before, set forth, set forward, shape up, shift, shoot up, short-term loan, shove, show improvement, shunt, shylocking, sideward motion, sidle up to, sink, sinking, skyrocket, slide, slip, snowball, snowballing, soar, soaring, socialize, special treatment, speed, speeding, spin, spread, start, stem, step forward, step up, sternway, stir, straighten out, stream, strengthen, strike, submission, submit, subserve, subside, subsiding, succeed, suggest, suit the occasion, surge, sweep, sweep along, swell, swelling, take off, tentative approach, thrust, time loan, traject, trajet, transfigure, transform, transgress, travel, treadle, trend, trespass, troll, trundle, tumescence, turn out well, turn the scale, unsecured loan, up, upbeat, upgrade, upgrading, uplift, upping, upsurge, upswing, uptrend, upturn, upward mobility, upward motion, usurp, usury, wane, wax, waxing, way, whirl, widen, widening, work


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