1. A forward move; improvement or progression.
    an advance in health or knowledge
    an advance in rank or office
  2. An amount of money or credit, especially given as a loan, or paid before it is due; an advancement.
  3. An addition to the price; rise in price or value.
    an advance on the prime cost of goods
  4. An opening approach or overture, especially of an unwelcome or sexual nature.


  1. To bring forward; to move towards the front; to make to go on.
  2. To raise; to elevate.
    They advanced their eyelids. — Shakespeare
  3. To raise to a higher rank; to promote.
  4. To accelerate the growth or progress of; to further; to forward; to help on; to aid; to heighten.
    to advance the ripening of fruit
    to advance one's interests
  5. To bring to view or notice; to offer or propose; to show.
    to advance an argument
  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.
    Merchants often advance money on a contract or on goods consigned to them.
  8. To raise to a higher point; to enhance; to raise in rate.
    to advance the price of goods
  9. To move forwards, to approach.
    He rose from his chair and advanced to greet me.
  10. To extol; to laud.


  1. Completed before need or a milestone event.
    He made an advance payment on the prior shipment to show good faith.
  2. Preceding.
    The advance man came a month before the candidate.
  3. Forward.
    The scouts found a site for an advance base.

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