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ADVANCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does advance mean? 

ADVANCE (noun)
  The noun ADVANCE has 6 senses:

1. a movement forward
2. a change for the better; progress in development
3. a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
4. the act of moving forward toward a goal
5. an amount paid before it is earned
6. increase in price or value

  Familiarity information: ADVANCE used as a noun is common.


ADVANCE (adjective)
  The adjective ADVANCE has 2 senses:

1. being ahead of time or need
2. situated ahead or going before

  Familiarity information: ADVANCE used as an adjective is rare.


ADVANCE (verb)
  The verb ADVANCE has 12 senses:

1. move forward, also in the metaphorical sense
2. bring forward for consideration or acceptance
3. increase or raise
4. contribute to the progress or growth of
5. cause to move forward
6. obtain advantages, such as points, etc.
7. develop in a positive way
8. develop further
9. give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
10. pay in advance
11. move forward
12. rise in rate or price

  Familiarity information: ADVANCE used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


ADVANCE (noun)


Sense 1advance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A movement forward

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

advance; progression; progress

Context example:

he listened for the progress of the troops

Hypernyms ("advance" is a kind of...):

change of location; travel (a movement through space that changes the location of something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "advance"):

head; headway (forward movement)


Sense 2advance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A change for the better; progress in development

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

betterment; advance; improvement

Hypernyms ("advance" is a kind of...):

shift; transformation; transmutation (a qualitative change)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "advance"):

conservation; preservation (an occurrence of improvement by virtue of preventing loss or injury or other change)

accommodation; adjustment; fitting (making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances)

elaboration; refinement (the result of improving something)

resurgence; revitalisation; revitalization; revival; revivification (bringing again into activity and prominence)

recovery (return to an original state)


Sense 3advance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

feeler; overture; advance; approach

Context example:

she rejected his advances

Hypernyms ("advance" is a kind of...):

proffer; proposition; suggestion (a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection)


Sense 4advance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of moving forward toward a goal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

forward motion; onward motion; progress; advancement; procession; progression; advance

Hypernyms ("advance" is a kind of...):

motion; move; movement (the act of changing location from one place to another)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "advance"):

push (an effort to advance)

career; life history (the general progression of your working or professional life)

march (a steady advance)

clear sailing; easy going; plain sailing (easy unobstructed progress)

leapfrog (advancing as if in the child's game, by leaping over obstacles or competitors)


Sense 5advance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An amount paid before it is earned

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Synonyms:

cash advance; advance

Hypernyms ("advance" is a kind of...):

amount; amount of money; sum; sum of money (a quantity of money)


Sense 6advance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Increase in price or value

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

advance; rise

Context example:

the news caused a general advance on the stock market

Hypernyms ("advance" is a kind of...):

increase; step-up (the act of increasing something)


ADVANCE (adjective)


Sense 1advance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being ahead of time or need

Synonyms:

advance; beforehand

Context examples:

gave advance warning / was beforehand with her report

Similar:

early (at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time)


Sense 2advance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Situated ahead or going before

Synonyms:

in advance; advance; advanced

Context examples:

an advance party / at that time the most advanced outpost was still east of the Rockies

Similar:

front (relating to or located in the front)


ADVANCE (verb)


Sense 1advance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move forward, also in the metaphorical sense

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

advance; march on; move on; progress; pass on; go on

Context example:

Time marches on

Hypernyms (to "advance" is one way to...):

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "advance"):

elapse; glide by; go along; go by; lapse; pass; slide by; slip away; slip by (pass by)

rachet up; ratchet; ratchet down (move by degrees in one direction only)

edge; inch (advance slowly, as if by inches)

close in; draw in (advance or converge on)

overhaul; overtake; pass (travel past)

string; string along (move or come along)

plough on; press on; push on (continue moving forward)

encroach; impinge; infringe (advance beyond the usual limit)

creep up; sneak up (advance stealthily or unnoticed)

penetrate (make one's way deeper into or through)

forge (move ahead steadily)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s

Sentence example:

The water advances

Antonym:

recede (move back and away from)


Sense 2advance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bring forward for consideration or acceptance

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

advance; throw out

Context example:

advance an argument

Hypernyms (to "advance" is one way to...):

advise; propose; suggest (make a proposal, declare a plan for something)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3advance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Increase or raise

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

supercharge; advance; boost

Context example:

boost the voltage in an electrical circuit

Hypernyms (to "advance" is one way to...):

increase (make bigger or more)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4advance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Contribute to the progress or growth of

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

promote; encourage; further; boost; advance

Context example:

I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom

Hypernyms (to "advance" is one way to...):

back up; support (give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "advance"):

feed (support or promote)

carry (take further or advance)

help (contribute to the furtherance of)

spur (incite or stimulate)

foster; further (promote the growth of)

connive at; wink at (give one's silent approval to)

conduce; contribute; lead (be conducive to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 5advance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to move forward

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

bring forward; advance

Context example:

Can you move the car seat forward?

Hypernyms (to "advance" is one way to...):

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "advance"):

nose (advance the forward part of with caution)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Antonym:

back (cause to travel backward)


Sense 6advance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Obtain advantages, such as points, etc.

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

pull ahead; gain ground; get ahead; make headway; win; gain; advance

Context examples:

The home team was gaining ground / After defeating the Knicks, the Blazers pulled ahead of the Lakers in the battle for the number-one playoff berth in the Western Conference

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "advance"):

steal (steal a base)

hit; rack up; score; tally (gain points in a game)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 7advance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Develop in a positive way

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

shape up; progress; come along; get along; come on; get on; advance

Context examples:

He progressed well in school / My plants are coming along / Plans are shaping up

Hypernyms (to "advance" is one way to...):

develop (grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "advance"):

climb (improve one's social status)

leapfrog (progress by large jumps instead of small increments)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 8advance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Develop further

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

We are advancing technology every day

Hypernyms (to "advance" is one way to...):

ameliorate; amend; better; improve; meliorate (to make better)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 9advance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give a promotion to or assign to a higher position

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

elevate; kick upstairs; promote; upgrade; advance; raise

Context examples:

John was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired / Women tend not to advance in the major law firms / I got promoted after many years of hard work

Hypernyms (to "advance" is one way to...):

assign; delegate; depute; designate (give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "advance"):

brevet (promote somebody by brevet, in the military)

favor; favour; prefer (promote over another)

ennoble; entitle; gentle (give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility)

spot promote (promote on the spot)

bring up (promote from a lower position or rank)

tenure (give life-time employment to)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 10advance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pay in advance

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

Can you advance me some money?

Hypernyms (to "advance" is one way to...):

lend; loan (give temporarily; let have for a limited time)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody something
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Sentence examples:

They advance the money to them
They advance them the money


Sense 11advance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move forward

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

set ahead; advance

Context example:

we have to advance clocks and watches when we travel eastward

Hypernyms (to "advance" is one way to...):

set (set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 12advance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rise in rate or price

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

gain; advance

Context example:

The stock market gained 24 points today

Hypernyms (to "advance" is one way to...):

climb; mount; rise; wax (go up or advance)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

The stock market is going to advance


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