Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)
  2. (noun, act) increase in price or value
  3. (noun, communication) a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
  4. (noun, event) a change for the better; progress in development
  5. (noun, event) a movement forward
  6. (noun, possession) an amount paid before it is earned
  7. (verb, change) rise in rate or price
  8. (verb, change) develop in a positive way
    My plants are coming along
    Plans are shaping up
  9. (verb, change) increase or raise
  10. (verb, change) develop further
  11. (verb, communication) bring forward for consideration or acceptance
  12. (verb, competition) obtain advantages, such as points, etc.
    After defeating the Knicks, the Blazers pulled ahead of the Lakers in the battle for the number-one playoff berth in the Western Conference
  13. (verb, motion) move forward, also in the metaphorical sense
  14. (verb, motion) cause to move forward
  15. (verb, motion) move forward
  16. (verb, possession) pay in advance
  17. (verb, social) give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
    Women tend not to advance in the major law firms
    I got promoted after many years of hard work
  18. (verb, social) contribute to the progress or growth of
  19. (adj, all) situated ahead or going before
    at that time the most advanced outpost was still east of the Rockies
  20. (adj, all) being ahead of time or need
    was beforehand with her report

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Advance

back, recede, retreat

Origin of the word Advance

  1. early 13c., from O.Fr. avancer "move forward," from V.L. *abanteare (It. avanzare, Sp. avanzar), from L.L. abante "from before," composed of ab- "from" + ante "before, in front of, against," from PIE *anti "against," locative singular of *ant- "front, forehead." The -d- was inserted 16c. on mistaken notion th… more

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Words that sound like Advance

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