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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad-vans, -vahns]
    • /ædˈvæns, -ˈvɑns/
    • /ədˈvɑːns/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-vans, -vahns]
    • /ædˈvæns, -ˈvɑns/

Definitions of advance word

  • verb advance To advance means to move forward, often in order to attack someone. 3
  • verb advance To advance means to make progress, especially in your knowledge of something. 3
  • verb advance If you advance someone a sum of money, you lend it to them, or pay it to them earlier than arranged. 3
  • countable noun advance An advance is money which is lent or paid to someone before they would normally receive it. 3
  • verb advance To advance an event, or the time or date of an event, means to bring it forward to an earlier time or date. 3
  • verb advance If you advance a cause, interest, or claim, you support it and help to make it successful. 3

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Origin of advance

First appearance:

before 1200
One of the 9% oldest English words
1200-50; Middle English avauncen < Anglo-French, Old French avanc(i)er < Vulgar Latin *abantiāre, verbal derivative of Late Latin abante in front (of) (Latin ab away from, off + ante before); ad- by mistaking a- for a-5 in the 16th cent.

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Parts of speech for Advance


advance popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for advance

verb advance

  • propel — to drive, or cause to move, forward or onward: to propel a boat by rowing.
  • accelerate — If the process or rate of something accelerates or if something accelerates it, it gets faster and faster.
  • storm — Theodore Woldsen [tey-aw-dawr vawlt-suh n] /ˈteɪ ɔˌdɔr ˈvɔlt sən/ (Show IPA), 1817–88, German poet and novelist.
  • progress — a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage: the progress of a student toward a degree.
  • promote — to help or encourage to exist or flourish; further: to promote world peace.

adjective advance

  • first — being before all others with respect to time, order, rank, importance, etc., used as the ordinal number of one: the first edition; the first vice president.
  • forward — toward or at a place, point, or time in advance; onward; ahead: to move forward; from this day forward; to look forward.
  • leading — made of or containing lead: a lead pipe; a lead compound.
  • prior — preceding in time or in order; earlier or former; previous: A prior agreement prevents me from accepting this.
  • beforehand — If you do something beforehand, you do it earlier than a particular event.

noun advance

  • development — Development is the gradual growth or formation of something.
  • improvement — an act of improving or the state of being improved.
  • spread — to draw, stretch, or open out, especially over a flat surface, as something rolled or folded (often followed by out).
  • innovation — something new or different introduced: numerous innovations in the high-school curriculum.
  • self-enhancement — to raise to a higher degree; intensify; magnify: The candlelight enhanced her beauty.

Antonyms for advance

verb advance

  • hinder — to cause delay, interruption, or difficulty in; hamper; impede: The storm hindered our progress.
  • cease — If something ceases, it stops happening or existing.
  • retard — to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede.
  • back down — If you back down, you withdraw a claim, demand, or commitment that you made earlier, because other people are strongly opposed to it.
  • hesitate — to be reluctant or wait to act because of fear, indecision, or disinclination: She hesitated to take the job.

adjective advance

  • last — occurring, coming, or being after the usual or proper time: late frosts; a late spring.
  • later — occurring, coming, or being after the usual or proper time: late frosts; a late spring.
  • after — If something happens after a particular date or event, it happens during the period of time that follows that date or event.
  • behind — If something is behind a thing or person, it is on the other side of them from you, or nearer their back rather than their front.

noun advance

  • retrogression — the act of retrogressing; movement backward.
  • hindrance — an impeding, stopping, preventing, or the like.
  • failure — an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success: His effort ended in failure. The campaign was a failure.
  • hesitation — the act of hesitating; a delay due to uncertainty of mind or fear: His hesitation cost him the championship.
  • impediment — obstruction; hindrance; obstacle.

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