advance: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (ad-vans', -väns'), [key]
— v., n., adj. -vanced, -vanc•ing,
- to move or bring forward: The general advanced his troops to the new position.
- to bring into consideration or notice; suggest; propose: to advance reasons for a tax cut.
- to improve; further: to advance one's interests.
- to raise in rank; promote: The board of directors advanced him to president.
- to raise in rate or amount; increase: to advance the price.
- to bring forward in time; accelerate: to advance growth; to advance clocks one hour.
- to supply beforehand; furnish on credit or before goods are delivered or work is done.
- to furnish as part of a stock or fund.
- to supply or pay in expectation of reimbursement: They advanced her $5000 against future royalties.
- to schedule at a later time or date: to advance a meeting from early to late fall.
- to do advance publicity for: to advance a rock singer's personal appearances; the most heavily advanced sports event in history.
- to raise, as a banner.
- to move or go forward; proceed: The troops advanced.
- to increase in quantity, value, price, etc.: His stock advanced three points.
- (of a color, form, etc., on a flat surface) to move toward or be perceived as moving toward an observer, esp. as giving the illusion of space. Cf. recede (def. 3).
- to improve or make progress.
- to grow or rise in importance, status, etc.: to advance in rank.
- to provide publicity; do promotion: He was hired to advance for a best-selling author.
- a forward movement; progress in space: the advance of the troops to the border.
- promotion; improvement in importance, rank, etc.: his advance to the position of treasurer.
- attempts at forming an acquaintanceship, reaching an agreement, or the like, made by one party.
- actions or words intended to be sexually inviting.
- addition to price; rise in price: an advance on cottons.
- An advance on his next month's salary permitted him to pay his debt on time.
- a giving beforehand; a furnishing of something before an equivalent is received:An advance on his next month's salary permitted him to pay his debt on time.
- the money or goods thus furnished:He received $100 as an advance against future delivery.
- The morning papers carried advances on the ceremony, which will take place tonight.
- copy prepared before the event it describes has occurred:The morning papers carried advances on the ceremony, which will take place tonight.
- a press release, wire-service dispatch, or the like, as one containing the text or partial text of a speech, sent to arrive in advance of the event to which it is related. Cf. release copy.
- the leading body of an army.
- (formerly) the order or a signal to advance.
- She was hired to do advance for the candidate.
- publicity done before the appearance of a noted person, a public event, etc.:She was hired to do advance for the candidate.
- a person hired to do advance publicity for an event:He is regarded as the best advance in the business.
- an adjustment made in the setting of the distributor of an internal-combustion engine to generate the spark for ignition in each cylinder earlier in the cycle. Cf. retard (def. 5).
- a seaward movement of the shoreline.
- in advance, ahead of time; beforehand: You must get your tickets in advance.
- in advance of, in front of; before: Heralds walked in advance of the king.
- going or placed before: an advance section of a train.
- made or given ahead of time: an advance payment on a loan.
- issued ahead of time: an advance copy of the President's speech.
- having gone beyond others or beyond the average.
- advance (Thesaurus)