From Middle English avauncen, avancen, from Old French avancer, avancier (French: avancer), from Vulgar Latin *abantiāre, from Late Latin abante, from ab + ante (“before”). The spelling with d was a mistake, a- being supposed to be from Latin ad. Avaunt is an earlier form of the same source-word.
advance (third-person singular simple present advances, present participle advancing, simple past and past participle advanced)
- To bring forward; to move towards the front; to make to go on.
- (obsolete) To raise; to elevate.
- They […] advanced their eyelids. — Shakespeare
- To raise to a higher rank; to promote.
- Bible, Esther iii. 1
- Ahasueres […] advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes.
- This, however, was in time evaded by the monarchs, who advanced certain of their own retainers to a level with the ancient peers of the land […]
- 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
- To bring to view or notice; to offer or propose; to show.
- to advance an argument
- Alexander Pope
- Some ne'er advance a judgment of their own.
- To make earlier, as an event or date; to hasten.
- 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.
- To raise to a higher point; to enhance; to raise in rate.
- to advance the price of goods
- (intransitive) To move forwards, to approach.
- He rose from his chair and advanced to greet me.
- (obsolete) To extol; to laud.
- greatly advancing his gay chivalry
to bring forward; to move towards the front; to make to go on
to accelerate the growth or progress; to further; to forward
to bring to view or notice; to offer or propose
to make earlier, as an event or date; to hasten
to furnish, as money or other value, before it becomes due
to raise to a higher point; to enhance; to raise in rate
to move forwards, to approach
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advance (plural advances)
- A forward move; improvement or progression.
- an advance in health or knowledge
- an advance in rank or office
- An amount of money or credit, especially given as a loan, or paid before it is due; an advancement.
- I shall, with pleasure, make the necessary advances.
- The account was made up with intent to show what advances had been made.
- An addition to the price; rise in price or value.
- an advance on the prime cost of goods
- (in the plural) An opening approach or overture, especially of an unwelcome or sexual nature.
- Jonathan Swift
- [He] made the like advances to the dissenters.
- 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot, chapter 4:
- As the sun fell, so did our spirits. I had tried to make advances to the girl again; but she would have none of me, and so I was not only thirsty but otherwise sad and downhearted.
advance (comparative more advance, superlative most advance)
- Completed before need or a milestone event.
- He made an advance payment on the prior shipment to show good faith.
- The advance man came a month before the candidate.
- The scouts found a site for an advance base.