Adjective "advance" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Move forwards in a purposeful way.
  1. 'the troops advanced on the capital'
  2. 'She stood and advanced on the murderer of her friend.'
  3. 'He advanced on Sophia purposefully, then stopped.'
  4. 'The supporters appeared to listen briefly, but when the match officials headed towards the exit and the crowd advanced on them, the police stepped in.'
  5. 'Kady lost no time in planting herself and the flag in the front of the Rhode Island line where she could shout encouragement to the boys as they advanced on the Rebels.'
  6. 'They advanced on her, but stopped dead in their tracks.'
  7. 'He stood up aggressively from the sofa and advanced on her.'
  8. 'An attacker advanced on her while she stood unprotected, with nowhere to run.'
  9. 'Nikhil stood and advanced on her; she sat still, wondering what it was he was going to do.'
  10. 'As the allied troops advanced on Paris in March 1814, Daumesnil stood ready to defend his fortress, his city, and his Emperor.'
  11. '‘No,’ Isabelle shook her head as she advanced on the chair's occupant.'
  12. 'As the performance advances into the nineteenth century, the paradoxes and ambiguities concerning the nature of absolute music pile up, to considerable dramatic effect.'
  13. 'The biotech century is advancing upon us, moment by moment.'
  14. 'I'm ready to advance into the twenty-first century.'
  15. 'Both British and Irish parliaments became more relaxed about placing their proceedings in the public domain as the century advanced.'
  16. 'In a similar vein, Nora recommends that community colleges advance into the twenty-first century prepared for a diverse student body.'
  17. 'I advanced the schedule by several weeks'
  18. 'It would be nice if the government could even advance the scheduled date, just to make its enemies squirm.'
  19. 'The election is not due in the State until 2003, but political analysts say the BJP is keen to capitalise on its current lead in the polls by advancing the date.'
Make or cause to make progress.
  1. with object 'it was a chance to advance his own interests'
  2. 'The Defence of Britain project has not only advanced our knowledge, but has also underpinned the conservation of 20th century defensive sites.'
  3. 'Discourse is necessary for advancing knowledge.'
  4. 'But to advance our knowledge such views need to be supported by rigorous analytical reasoning and the dispassionate gathering of cases and data.'
  5. 'Only several years later did I realize the important role he played in advancing historical knowledge and interpretation.'
  6. 'From the position of academics it has advanced our knowledge; whether it is useful to the Committee is for them to decide.'
  7. 'Hm, so you're saying that people are greedy and will do horrible things to advance their own wealth and power?'
  8. 'We will not examine the forms of the Greek letters themselves, but it is certainly worth stressing how important this form of writing was to be in advancing knowledge.'
  9. 'Surely, a division of labor is essential if we are to advance the frontiers of knowledge; we need technical experts focused on specific fields of investigation.'
  10. 'He inspired a younger generation of scholars to take the same measured approach to the problem of remaining faithful to the Church while advancing new knowledge.'
  11. 'It might therefore seem clear, whatever else is the case, that Descartes conceives of knowledge as advancing truth.'
  12. 'All very well if Telecom shares advance in the first week, as is, admittedly, widely expected.'
  13. 'In Euro terms, oil prices have hardly advanced from their mid-2000 levels.'
  14. 'The potential for a share to advance usually attracts investors, who are looking for quick profits.'
  15. 'The Stoxx 600 Index added 0.4 percent to 214.37 as four shares advanced for every three that declined.'
  16. 'European stocks advanced after an index of US manufacturing rose more than expected in August, a sign of recovery in the world's largest economy.'
  17. 'Prices advanced quickly from tens to thousands of dollars.'
  18. '‘In this environment it is difficult to see how Iona's share price can advance from current levels,’ Dixon said.'
  19. 'The shares have advanced 32 percent since the end of September.'
  20. 'Oil prices will almost certainly not advance in the next 12 months to the same extent as they have in the past year.'
  21. 'Recent data showed industrial output in the US rose in the month of March for the first time in six months and consumer prices advanced at the slowest rate in seven months.'
Put forward (a theory or suggestion)
  1. 'But lack of concrete evidence will not stop would-be decipherers from advancing theories and interpretations.'
  2. 'In Hinduism many sects advanced their theories about the nature of Reality.'
  3. 'When he called for the establishment of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah advanced the two-nation theory.'
  4. 'When I advanced my long-held theory that some of his constituents were living vicariously through his exploits, Wilson readily agreed.'
  5. 'Thomas Frank has advanced this theory in a book entitled What's the Matter with Kansas?'
  6. 'On behalf of Maria Stanciu, her counsel advances two theories in support of the claim for legal and equitable title.'
  7. 'Allow me, therefore, to advance a theory based upon sound research and to propose recommendations sure to bring about a substantial reduction in these criminal acts.'
  8. 'The theory was advanced in the 1980s by Alan Harvey Guth and was elaborated upon by Paul Steinhardt, Andrei Linde, and Andreas Albrecht.'
  9. 'Sammy doesn't discount that contention, but he advances another theory.'
  10. 'Over the past few years, there has been an upsurge in student violence in T & T. Many have advanced theories as to how this menace can be solved.'
Lend (money) to (someone)
  1. 'The money advanced by the institution to Mrs Wilson was in its possession.'
  2. 'The moneys were advanced by the parents to their son and his wife in order to help them out.'
  3. 'Moreover, if the bank had not advanced the money to the council, it would have employed the money on similar terms in its own business.'
  4. 'As the farmers' loan repayment problems mounted, how were they to convince the banks to advance additional money to allow them buy more cattle and keep their farms working?'
  5. 'The capitalists advance money to the producers, who then use it for buying means of production and for paying wages.'
  6. 'You require Dairywise Limited to advance money to you in the amount of £7, 000.00'
  7. 'The bank advances funds to you in exchange for the right to collect that amount from income streams due to the business from debtors.'
  8. 'The expenses are alleged to have been incurred in advancing money to the company in order to finance an increase by that company of its shareholding in an Italian television network.'
  9. 'Significantly, Western banks have advanced a syndicated loan to the country on which interest will be paid.'
  10. 'The locally-managed Urban Co-operative Bank advances loans in millions to the needy sections which predominantly include non-Navayaths and the Hindus.'
  11. 'he advanced me a month's salary'
  12. 'The reconciliation is needed to make sure the money advanced has been properly spent.'
  13. 'Record companies advance money for recording costs and provide limited marketing services for the music that artists conceive and create.'
  14. 'All of the money advanced by the record company to the act has to be paid back by the act from it's small percentage of the CD returns.'


A forward movement.
  1. figurative 'the advance of civilization'
  2. 'With Moltke's approval, he therefore deflected his line of advance to the south-east of Paris.'
  3. 'For the first time during the Great Patriotic War, it was decided to use mobile obstacle construction detachments to support the advance of tank corps.'
  4. 'The Chin army began a systematic advance at the same moment that their retreating chariots wheeled and fell on the Tzu-hsi's exposed flanks.'
  5. 'After the position was organized, he led an assault approximately 15 yards from the final objective, when enemy fire halted the advance.'
  6. 'The advance of the Red Army into eastern Europe produced a different outcome there.'
  7. 'Strategy and tactics were based on easily coordinated and controlled movements - advances, encirclements, or envelopments.'
  8. 'The lines of advance for combined units and units should be selected with the idea to first of all capture the objectives on which the stability of defense hinges.'
  9. 'This was a unique terrain for warfare, where rapid advances and swift movements of armies were extremely difficult.'
  10. 'And since the arrival of the British troops the number of UN peace keepers in Sierra Leone has doubled to 11,000, and the rebel advance has been turned into retreat.'
  11. 'Everyone knew tomorrow's mission involved an armored advance against possible heavy enemy defenses.'
A development or improvement.
  1. mass noun 'decades of great scientific advance'
  2. 'We can look forward to further developments and advances in the future.'
  3. 'It concluded, ‘Put simply, clinical research has not kept pace with the advances in basic scientific discovery and this disadvantages patients.’'
  4. 'The latest developments are propelled by advances in laser technology.'
  5. 'That scientific breakthrough enabled advances in tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment which have now saved millions of lives.'
  6. 'There have been striking advances in plant developmental biology in recent times, and some unique and important features have emerged.'
  7. 'Drug delivery systems are needed to exploit many of the drugs developed from advances in molecular biology.'
  8. 'The development has implications for advances in lithographic techniques.'
  9. 'It failed to react quickly to international developments and advances in relevant fields.'
  10. 'Recent advances in developmental biology clearly validate the expectation that we will be able to answer such questions in the near future.'
  11. 'Due to scientific advances in DNA, there is now the opportunity to minimise the detainment of an innocent person.'
  12. 'The advance in prices increased both government expenditures and debt.'
  13. 'Another piece of information that I can share with you on my seasonal gold work has to do with the price advances of the seasonal cycle.'
  14. 'Ultimately they brought out enough nuts to put the market in an oversupply position and the price advance came to a screeching halt and slowly but surely the market started to inch its way down.'
  15. 'Animal carcass weights also indicate advances, with the increase in size of lambs and calves the best indicators of productivity improvements.'
An amount of money paid before it is due or for work only partly completed.
  1. 'I've just got a good advance on a book, my first income for three months.'
  2. 'After spending a night in jail, he had managed to find a job moving boxes at a local warehouse, and had been able to convince the foreman into an advance on his first paycheck so he could secure a place to live.'
  3. 'The next morning Nataraj asked for an advance on his salary to buy rice, and kerosene for the little stove we provide. I gave it to him.'
  4. 'Can they get an advance on their pay and turn in the rent money?'
  5. 'A man can lose a contract from publishers by spending their advance on finishing a book for another publisher.'
  6. 'It is approaching six figures, including the advance on my new book.'
  7. 'University presses still compete for many monographs, including revised dissertations, and, contrary to this belief, they pay advances for a significant number of them.'
  8. 'It might entail giving an artist an advance on anticipated sales from either a forthcoming exhibition, or for works directly from the artist's studio.'
  9. 'In return for an advance on future royalties, the IPC demanded an expansion of the territories under concession from 192 to 35,000 square miles.'
  10. 'She received a fair advance on the books - £250,000, people say.'
  11. 'During meetings he was often a bit drunk, and afterwards in Paris I saw him come to their apartment for an advance on the travel money due him, red-eyed, with a three-day beard.'
  12. 'Because its revenues do not cover all its costs, the utility has had to obtain working capital from short-term bank advances.'
  13. 'In practice the conveyance, the creation of the mortgage and the payment over of the mortgage advance will all have to take place on the same day.'
  14. 'With regard to the $62,000 advance, both she and her mother are adamant that the advance was a loan to the couple to enable their purchase of the matrimonial home.'
  15. 'Total assets increased by $5.2 billion or 16 per cent due principally to strong growth in loans and advances.'
  16. 'Included in Lay's figures is a whopping $81.5 million in loan advances, which were mostly repaid in stock, and which are worth next to nothing today.'
  17. 'For smaller loans, credit unions may be happy to make advances, but only after you have built up an acceptable level of savings with the organisation.'
  18. 'It was a Motion for the Senate to approve that the Minister for Finance borrow by means of advances, sums not exceeding $25 million from commercial banks.'
  19. 'The bank's loan and advances portfolio registered 42 per cent growth, reaching the level of K79.55 billion.'
  20. 'The report only considers further advances on existing mortgages taken out to release equity and secured personal loans.'
  21. 'Day after day, my wife and I receive unsolicited offers for credit cards, home equity loans and cash advances.'
An approach made to someone with the aim of initiating sexual or amorous relations.
  1. 'She has also claimed to gardaí that during her time at the school, the teacher made advances to one of her friends, who managed to get away.'
  2. 'Meanwhile, an alarming new survey by the University of Huddersfield has shown that more than one in five children have been the victim of unwanted sexual advances outside their home.'
  3. 'When two men pulled up in a station wagon, the girls rebuffed their sexual advances.'
  4. 'The California Fair Employment and Housing Act defines unwelcome sexual advances of an employer toward an employee of the same sex as unlawful sexual harassment.'
  5. 'According to the report, at least eight patients alleged he made sexual advances towards them over two decades from 1969.'
  6. 'We also had retraining, if that's the word, in sexual and social behaviours because many of these people appeared, at least to us, to be deficient in making sexual advances to women.'
  7. 'Therefore, rejections of sexual advances may be seen as inappropriate and may be ignored.'
  8. 'At times, workers are exposed to sexual comments or advances on the part of a client or family member.'
  9. 'They may also have the expectation that alcohol makes it easier to make sexual advances, and thus they may use alcohol intentionally for achieving such a purpose.'
  10. 'But during his trial, he claimed after he picked up the young woman she made advances to him.'


Done, sent, or supplied beforehand.
  1. 'advance warning'
  2. 'And obviously, with an earthquake, you do not get advance notice.'
  3. 'Global Volunteers does not, as a matter of course, send community hosts advance checks for supplies.'
  4. 'Or did the author send the manuscript or advance copies to select friends and admirers with a request for some publicity?'
  5. 'It will use advance passenger information supplied by airlines before their arrival ‘to screen and record individuals as they enter and leave the UK’.'
  6. 'Did you send an advance group to take care of you once you arrive?'
  7. 'Most taxpayers who were eligible for the advance payment received a notice from the taxation office shortly before they got their check.'
  8. 'These entries in the race would find advance supplies along their routes, including guaranteed petrol caches.'
  9. 'The above paragraph, by the way, is written in a week when a leading publisher announced an advance payment of 500,000 to a previously unpublished author.'
  10. 'Britain had to give advance notice of the questions it wanted to ask.'
  11. 'But they also have the effect of preventing the customer from getting the loan quickly, especially since the charge document has to be complete in all respects before the advance copy is sent.'


1. to move or bring forward: The general advanced his troops to the new position.

2. to bring into consideration or notice; suggest; propose: to advance reasons for a tax cut.

3. to improve; further: to advance one's interests.

4. to raise in rank; promote: The board of directors advanced him to president.

5. to raise in rate or amount; increase: to advance the price.

6. to bring forward in time; accelerate: to advance growth; to

More examples(as adjective)

"swells can be advance down uppers."

"swells can be advance along rivers."

"termites can be advance to adulthoods."

"technologies can be advance at paces."

"stocks can be advance without problems."

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Middle English: from Old French avance (noun), avancer (verb), from late Latin abante ‘in front’, from ab ‘from’ + ante ‘before’. The initial a- was erroneously assimilated to ad- in the 16th century.


in advance
in advance of