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ad·vance

advance

 
 
pronunciation:
d vaens
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun, adjective
phrases:
in advance
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: advanced, advances, advancing
definition 1: to move or send forward.
The commander advanced the troops.The quarterback advanced the ball ten yards.
antonyms:
back, delay, reverse, stay, stop
similar words:
assert, drive, forward, impel, move, propel, shove, urge
definition 2: to propose or put forth; suggest.
She advanced an idea for improving the city center.He is always nervous about advancing his proposals to his colleagues.Isaac Newton advanced that light is made up of bands of color.
synonyms:
offer, propose, propound, suggest
antonyms:
retract
similar words:
introduce, moot, pose, raise, recommend
definition 3: to raise in rank or position.
They will advance him to captain soon.
synonyms:
promote, raise
antonyms:
degrade, demote
similar words:
elevate, exalt
definition 4: to increase the degree or rate of.
The manufacturer advanced the price of the goods.The mass demonstrations advanced the pressure on the government to bring about reform.
synonyms:
augment, increase
antonyms:
lower, slow
similar words:
accelerate, elevate, expedite, quicken, speed up
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to move or come forward.
The army advanced only three miles before it was pushed back.
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synonyms:
progress
antonyms:
back, recede, retire, retract, retreat, withdraw
similar words:
come, continue, forge, go, move, proceed, travel
definition 2: to make progress or grow.
I hope to advance in wisdom as I get older.His piano teacher says he is advancing nicely.
synonyms:
develop, improve, progress
antonyms:
defer, retard
similar words:
flourish, grow, rise, thrive
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a forward movement in space.
The runner made a quick advance to the finish line.
synonyms:
advancement, progress
antonyms:
recession
similar words:
headway
definition 2: progress or improvement.
Great advances have been made in the field of medicine.
synonyms:
improvement, progress
antonyms:
down, regression
similar words:
breakthrough, discovery, finding, innovation, refinement
definition 3: a raising in rank or position.
His advance to the rank of captain was cause for celebration.
synonyms:
advancement, promotion
antonyms:
demotion
similar words:
elevation, exaltation, raise
definition 4: (sometimes pl.) an approach or proposition, often sexual.
He was fired for repeatedly making unwelcome advances toward the female staff members.
synonyms:
overture, pass, proposition
similar words:
approach, invitation
definition 5: a monetary payment beforehand, esp. before work is finished.
She asked for an advance on her salary.
synonyms:
prepayment, retainer
similar words:
binder, deposit, loan
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phrase: in advance
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: going in front of.
They sent in the advance guard.
synonyms:
forward
antonyms:
rear
similar words:
first, lead, precedent, preceding, prior
definition 2: provided beforehand.
It was good to get advance notice of his visit this time.
antonyms:
belated
similar words:
early, preliminary
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derivation: advancer (n.)
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