(adjective, verb)


1. farther along in physical or mental development

- the child's skeletal age was classified as `advanced'

- children in the advanced classes in elementary school read far above grade average

Similar word(s): precocious

2. comparatively late in a course of development

- the illness had reached an advanced stage

- an advanced state of exhaustion

Similar word(s): late, later

3. ahead of the times

- the advanced teaching methods

- had advanced views on the subject

Similar word(s): progressive, innovative, modern

4. at a higher level in training or knowledge or skill

- an advanced degree

- an advanced text in physics

- special seminars for small groups of advanced students at the University

Similar word(s): high

5. ahead in development; complex or intricate

- advanced technology

Similar word(s): sophisticated

6. far along in time

- a man of advanced age

- advanced in years

Similar word(s): late, ripe

7. (of societies) highly developed especially in technology or industry

- advanced societies

- an advanced country technologically

Similar word(s): civilised, civilized

8. 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, advance


1. simple past tense and past participle of advance