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ad·vance

advance

 
 
pronunciation:
d vaens
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun, adjective
phrases:
in advance
grammatical pattern:
verb + that
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: advances, advancing, advanced
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.[verb + that ]
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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