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English adjective: advance

1. advance being ahead of time or need

SamplesGave advance warning.
Was beforehand with her report.



Antonymslate, middle

2. advance situated ahead or going before

SamplesAn advance party.
At that time the most advanced outpost was still east of the Rockies.

Synonymsadvanced, in advance



English noun: advance

1. advance (event) a movement forward

SamplesHe listened for the progress of the troops.

Synonymsprogress, progression

Broader (hypernym)change of location, travel

Narrower (hyponym)head, headway

2. advance (event) a change for the better; progress in development

Synonymsbetterment, improvement

Broader (hypernym)shift, transformation, transmutation

Narrower (hyponym)accommodation, adjustment, conservation, elaboration, fitting, preservation, recovery, refinement, resurgence, revitalisation, revitalization, revival, revivification

3. advance (communication) a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others

SamplesShe rejected his advances.

Synonymsapproach, feeler, overture

Broader (hypernym)proffer, proposition, suggestion

4. advance (act) the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)

Synonymsadvancement, forward motion, onward motion, procession, progress, progression

Broader (hypernym)motion, move, movement

Narrower (hyponym)career, clear sailing, easy going, leapfrog, life history, march, plain sailing, push


5. advance (possession) an amount paid before it is earned

Synonymscash advance

Broader (hypernym)amount, amount of money, sum, sum of money

6. advance (act) increase in price or value

SamplesThe news caused a general advance on the stock market.


Broader (hypernym)increase, step-up

English verb: advance

1. advance (motion) move forward, also in the metaphorical sense

SamplesTime marches on.

ExamplesThe water advances

Synonymsgo on, march on, move on, pass on, progress

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)close in, creep up, draw in, edge, elapse, encroach, forge, glide by, go along, go by, impinge, inch, infringe, lapse, overhaul, overtake, pass, pass, penetrate, plough on, press on, push on, rachet up, ratchet, ratchet down, slide by, slip away, slip by, sneak up, string, string along

Antonymsdraw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retreat, withdraw, retire

2. advance (communication) bring forward for consideration or acceptance

SamplesAdvance an argument.

Synonymsthrow out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)advise, propose, suggest

3. advance (change) increase or raise

SamplesBoost the voltage in an electrical circuit.

Synonymsboost, supercharge

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)increase

4. advance (social) contribute to the progress or growth of

SamplesI am promoting the use of computers in the classroom.

Synonymsboost, encourage, further, promote

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)back up, support

Narrower (hyponym)carry, conduce, connive at, contribute, feed, foster, further, help, lead, spur, wink at

5. advance (motion) cause to move forward

SamplesCan you move the car seat forward?.

Synonymsbring forward

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)nose


6. advance (competition) obtain advantages, such as points, etc.

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsgain, gain ground, get ahead, make headway, pull ahead, win

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Narrower (hyponym)hit, rack up, score, steal, tally

Antonymsfall behind, recede, drop off, fall back, lose

7. advance (change) develop in a positive way

SamplesHe progressed well in school.
My plants are coming along.
Plans are shaping up.

Synonymscome along, come on, get along, get on, progress, shape up

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)develop

Narrower (hyponym)climb, leapfrog

Antonymsretrogress, regress, retrograde

8. advance (change) develop further

SamplesWe are advancing technology every day.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate

9. advance (social) give a promotion to or assign to a higher position

SamplesJohn 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.

Synonymselevate, kick upstairs, promote, raise, upgrade

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)assign, delegate, depute, designate

Narrower (hyponym)brevet, bring up, ennoble, entitle, favor, favour, gentle, prefer, spot promote, tenure

Antonymsdemote, kick downstairs, relegate, bump, break

10. advance (possession) pay in advance

SamplesCan you advance me some money?.

ExamplesThey advance the money to them , They advance them the money

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)lend, loan

11. advance (motion) move forward

SamplesWe have to advance clocks and watches when we travel eastward.

Synonymsset ahead

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)set

12. advance (change) rise in rate or price

SamplesThe stock market gained 24 points today.

ExamplesThe stock market is going to advance


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)climb, mount, rise, wax

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