(noun, adjective, verb)


1. being ahead of time or need

- gave advance warning

Similar word(s): early, beforehand

2. situated ahead or going before

- an advance party

- at that time the most advanced outpost was still east of the Rockies

Similar word(s): front, advanced

Sentences with advance as an adjective:

- He made an advance payment on the prior shipment to show good faith.

- The advance man came a month before the candidate.

- The scouts found a site for an advance base.


1. a movement forward

Similar word(s): progress, progression

Definition categories: event, travel

2. a change for the better; progress in development

Similar word(s): betterment, improvement

Definition categories: event, shift, transformation, transmutation

3. a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others

- she rejected his advances

Similar word(s): approach, feeler, overture

Definition categories: communication, proffer, proposition, suggestion

4. the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)

Similar word(s): advancement, procession, progress, progression

Definition categories: act, motion, move, movement

5. an amount paid before it is earned

Definition categories: possession, amount, sum

6. increase in price or value

- the news caused a general advance on the stock market

Similar word(s): rise

Definition categories: act, increase

Sentences with advance as a noun:

- an advance in health or knowledge

- an advance in rank or office

- an advance on the prime cost of goods


1. move forward, also in the metaphorical sense

Similar word(s): progress

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

2. bring forward for consideration or acceptance

- advance an argument

Definition categories: communication, advise, propose, suggest

3. increase or raise

Similar word(s): boost, supercharge

Definition categories: change, increase

4. contribute to the progress or growth of

Similar word(s): boost, encourage, further, promote

Definition categories: social, support

5. cause to move forward

Definition categories: motion, displace, move

6. obtain advantages, such as points, etc.

Similar word(s): gain, win

Definition categories: competition

7. develop in a positive way

Similar word(s): progress

Definition categories: change, develop

8. develop further

- We are advancing technology every day

Definition categories: change, ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate

9. give a promotion to or assign to a higher position

- Women tend not to advance in the major law firms

Similar word(s): elevate, promote, raise, upgrade

Definition categories: social, assign, delegate, depute, designate

10. pay in advance

- Can you advance me some money?

Definition categories: possession, lend, loan

11. move forward

- we have to advance clocks and watches when we travel eastward

Definition categories: motion, set

12. rise in rate or price

Similar word(s): gain

Definition categories: change, climb, mount, rise, wax

Sentences with advance as a verb:

- They […] advanced their eyelids. — Shakespeare

- to advance the ripening of fruit

- to advance one's interests

- to advance an argument

- Merchants often advance money on a contract or on goods consigned to them.

- to advance the price of goods

- He rose from his chair and advanced to greet me.