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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 advances word

  • noun plural advances personal overtures made in an attempt to become friendly, gain a favour, etc 3
  • verb with object advances to move or bring forward: The general advanced his troops to the new position. 1
  • verb with object advances to bring into consideration or notice; suggest; propose: to advance reasons for a tax cut. 1
  • verb with object advances to improve; further: to advance one's interests. 1
  • verb with object advances to raise in rank; promote: The board of directors advanced him to president. 1
  • verb with object advances to raise in rate or amount; increase: to advance the price. 1

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Origin of advances

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 Advances


advances 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".

advances usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for advances

adjective advances

  • firsts — 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.
  • forwards — forward.

verb advances

  • progresses — a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage: the progress of a student toward a degree.
  • marchesFrancis Andrew, 1825–1911, U.S. philologist and lexicographer.
  • benefits — The benefits of a life or medical insurance policy are the money that it pays out.
  • cites — Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
  • presents — being, existing, or occurring at this time or now; current: increasing respect for the present ruler of the small country.

noun advances

  • advancements — Plural form of advancement.
  • breakthroughs — a military movement or advance all the way through and beyond an enemy's front-line defense.
  • gains — to make a gain or gains in.
  • accommodations — Accommodations are hotels or rooms where people can stay for a period of time.
  • credits — a list of those responsible for the production of a film or television programme

Antonyms for advances

adjective advances

  • lasts — occurring or coming after all others, as in time, order, or place: the last line on a page.

verb advances

  • hinders — to cause delay, interruption, or difficulty in; hamper; impede: The storm hindered our progress.
  • holds — to have or keep in the hand; keep fast; grasp: She held the purse in her right hand. He held the child's hand in his.
  • keeps — to hold or retain in one's possession; hold as one's own: If you like it, keep it. Keep the change.
  • stops — to cease from, leave off, or discontinue: to stop running.
  • blocks — a solid mass of wood, stone, etc., usually with one or more flat or approximately flat faces.

noun advances

  • losses — detriment, disadvantage, or deprivation from failure to keep, have, or get: to bear the loss of a robbery.

Top questions with advances

  • what is cash advances?

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