advance

The experience of having a wild monkey advance on you is pretty scary. The verb advance means "move forward purposefully."

When you move forward, you advance. You can advance a chess piece on a board, advance toward someone across a room, or observe an army as it advances into a country. Advance also means "make progress," as when you advance your knowledge of Spanish by traveling to Ecuador, or "to loan money," which a bank does by making an advance of a thousand dollars. Since the 1700s, to make advances has also meant to make romantic overtures or to flirt.

Primary Meanings of advance

1.
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move forward, also in the metaphorical sense
a movement forward
situated ahead or going before
2.
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an amount paid before it is earned
pay in advance
being ahead of time or need
3.
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contribute to the progress or growth of
a change for the better; progress in development
4.
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increase or raise
increase in price or value
Full Definitions of advance
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v move forward, also in the metaphorical sense

Synonyms:
go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress
Antonyms:
draw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retire, retreat, withdraw
pull back or move away or backward
back away, back out, crawfish, crawfish out, pull back, pull in one's horns, retreat, withdraw
make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity
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forge
move ahead steadily
penetrate
make one's way deeper into or through
creep up, sneak up
advance stealthily or unnoticed
encroach, impinge, infringe
advance beyond the usual limit
plough on, press on, push on
continue moving forward
string, string along
move or come along
overhaul, overtake, pass
travel past
close in, draw in
advance or converge on
edge, inch
advance slowly, as if by inches
rachet up, ratchet, ratchet down
move by degrees in one direction only
elapse, glide by, go along, go by, lapse, pass, slide by, slip away, slip by
pass by
get by
pass or move in front of
fell, fly, vanish
pass away rapidly
clear, top
pass by, over, or under without making contact
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v cause to move forward

Synonyms:
bring forward
Antonyms:
back
cause to travel backward
back
travel backward
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Types:
nose
advance the forward part of with caution
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v move forward

“we have to advance clocks and watches when we travel eastward”
Synonyms:
set ahead
Type of:
set
set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly

v bring forward for consideration or acceptance

advance an argument”
Synonyms:
throw out
Type of:
advise, propose, suggest
make a proposal, declare a plan for something

n a movement forward

Synonyms:
progress, progression
Types:
head, headway
forward movement
Type of:
change of location, travel
a movement through space that changes the location of something

n the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)

Synonyms:
advancement, forward motion, onward motion, procession, progress, progression
Antonyms:
retreat
the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant)
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push
an effort to advance
career, life history
the general progression of your working or professional life
march
a steady advance
clear sailing, easy going, plain sailing
easy unobstructed progress
leapfrog
advancing as if in the child's game, by leaping over obstacles or competitors
Type of:
motion, move, movement
the act of changing location from one place to another

n a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others

“she rejected his advances
Synonyms:
approach, feeler, overture
Type of:
proffer, proposition, suggestion
a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection

adj situated ahead or going before

“an advance party”
Synonyms:
advanced, in advance
front
relating to or located in the front
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n an amount paid before it is earned

Synonyms:
cash advance
Type of:
amount, amount of money, sum, sum of money
a quantity of money

v pay in advance

“Can you advance me some money?”
Type of:
lend, loan
give temporarily; let have for a limited time

adj being ahead of time or need

“gave advance warning”
Synonyms:
beforehand
early
at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time
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v contribute to the progress or growth of

Synonyms:
boost, encourage, further, promote
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connive at, wink at
give one's silent approval to
foster, further
promote the growth of
spur
incite or stimulate
help
contribute to the furtherance of
carry
take further or advance
feed
support or promote
conduce, contribute, lead
be conducive to
Type of:
back up, support
give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to

v develop further

“We are advancing technology every day”
Type of:
ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
to make better

v give a promotion to or assign to a higher position

“Women tend not to advance in the major law firms”
Synonyms:
elevate, kick upstairs, promote, raise, upgrade
Antonyms:
break, bump, demote, kick downstairs, relegate
assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
Types:
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tenure
give life-time employment to
bring up
promote from a lower position or rank
spot promote
promote on the spot
ennoble, entitle, gentle
give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
favor, favour, prefer
promote over another
brevet
promote somebody by brevet, in the military
baronetise, baronetize
confer baronetcy upon
lord
make a lord of someone
dub, knight
raise (someone) to knighthood
advantage
give an advantage to
Type of:
assign, delegate, depute, designate
give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)

v obtain advantages, such as points, etc.

Synonyms:
gain, gain ground, get ahead, make headway, pull ahead, win
Antonyms:
drop off, fall back, fall behind, lose, recede
retreat
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steal
steal a base
hit, rack up, score, tally
gain points in a game
par
make a score (on a hole) equal to par
shoot
score
convert
score (a spare)
convert
complete successfully
convert
score an extra point or points after touchdown by kicking the ball through the uprights or advancing the ball into the end zone
homer
hit a home run
kick
make a goal
eagle
shoot in two strokes under par
hole up
score a hole in one
ace
score an ace against
walk
obtain a base on balls
equalise, equalize, get even
compensate; make the score equal
get, have, make
achieve a point or goal

v develop in a positive way

Synonyms:
come along, come on, get along, get on, progress, shape up
Antonyms:
regress, retrograde, retrogress
get worse or fall back to a previous condition
Types:
climb
improve one's social status
leapfrog
progress by large jumps instead of small increments
Type of:
develop
grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment

n a change for the better; progress in development

Synonyms:
betterment, improvement
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resurgence, revitalisation, revitalization, revival, revivification
bringing again into activity and prominence
elaboration, refinement
the result of improving something
accommodation, adjustment, fitting
making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances
conservation, preservation
an occurrence of improvement by virtue of preventing loss or injury or other change
recovery
return to an original state
readjustment
the act of adjusting again (to changed circumstances)
domestication
accommodation to domestic life
habituation
a general accommodation to unchanging environmental conditions
Renaissance, Renascence, rebirth
the revival of learning and culture
regeneration
the activity of spiritual or physical renewal
resurrection
a revival from inactivity and disuse
resuscitation
the act of reviving a person and returning them to consciousness
shakedown
initial adjustments to improve the functioning or the efficiency and to bring to a more satisfactory state
Type of:
shift, transformation, transmutation
a qualitative change
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v increase or raise

Synonyms:
boost, supercharge
Type of:
increase
make bigger or more

v rise in rate or price

Synonyms:
gain
Type of:
climb, mount, rise, wax
go up or advance

n increase in price or value

“the news caused a general advance on the stock market”
Synonyms:
rise
Type of:
increase, step-up
the act of increasing something

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