1. The act of advancing or moving forward or upward; progress.

2. Improvement or progression, physically, mentally, morally, or socially; as, an advance in health, knowledge, or religion; an advance in rank or office.

3. An addition to the price; rise in price or value; as, an advance on the prime cost of goods.

4. The first step towards the attainment of a result; approach made to gain favor, to form an acquaintance, to adjust a difference, etc.; an overture; a tender; an offer; usually in the plural. "[He] made the like advances to the dissenters." (Swift)

5. A furnishing of something before an equivalent is received (as money or goods), towards a capital or stock, or on loan; payment beforehand; the money or goods thus furnished; money or value supplied beforehand. "I shall, with pleasure, make the necessary advances." (Jay) "The account was made up with intent to show what advances had been made." (Kent) In advance In front; before. Beforehand; before an equivalent is received. In the state of having advanced money on account; as, A is advance to B a thousand dollars or pounds.

Origin: Cf. F. Avance, fr. Avancer. See Advance, v.

1. To bring forward; to move towards the van or front; to make to go on.

2. To raise; to elevate. "They . . . Advanced their eyelids." (Shak)

3. To raise to a higher rank; to promote. "Ahasueres . . . Advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes." (Esther III. 1)

4. To accelerate the growth or progress; to further; to forward; to help on; to aid; to heighten; as, to advance the ripening of fruit; to advance one's interests.

5. To bring to view or notice; to offer or propose; to show; as, to advance an argument. "Some ne'er advance a judgment of their own." (Pope)

6. To make earlier, as an event or date; to hasten.

7. To furnish, as money or other value, before it becomes due, or in aid of an enterprise; to supply beforehand; as, a merchant advances money on a contract or on goods consigned to him.

8. To raise to a higher point; to enhance; to raise in rate; as, to advance the price of goods.

9. To extol; to laud. "Greatly advancing his gay chivalry." (Spenser)

Synonyms: To raise, elevate, exalt, aggrandize, improve, heighten, accelerate, allege, adduce, assign.

Origin: OE. Avancen, avauncen, F. Avancer, fr. A supposed LL. Abantiare; ab + ante (F. Avant) before. The spelling with d was a mistake, a- being supposed to be fr. L. Ad. See Avaunt.

(01 Mar 1998)

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