What is the meaning of advance?



  • Move forward, also in the metaphorical sense.
    • usage: "Time marches on"
  • Bring forward for consideration or acceptance.
    • usage: "advance an argument"
  • Increase or raise.
    • usage: "boost the voltage in an electrical circuit"
  • Contribute to the progress or growth of.
    • usage: "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"
  • Cause to move forward.
    • usage: "Can you move the car seat forward"
  • Obtain advantages, such as points, etc..
    • usage: "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"
  • Develop in a positive way.
    • usage: "He progressed well in school"; "My plants are coming along"; "Plans are shaping up"
  • Develop further.
    • usage: "We are advancing technology every day"
  • Give a promotion to or assign to a higher position.
    • usage: "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"
  • Pay in advance.
    • usage: "Can you advance me some money"
  • Move forward.
    • usage: "we have to advance clocks and watches when we travel eastward"
  • Rise in rate or price.
    • usage: "The stock market gained 24 points today"


  • Being ahead of time or need.
    • usage: "gave advance warning"; "was beforehand with her report"
  • Situated ahead or going before.
    • usage: "an advance party"; "at that time the most advanced outpost was still east of the Rockies"
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APAWordNet. (2010). advance. Retrieved September 24, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/advance/definitions/1167395
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