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.

Definitions of advance
  1. verb
    move forward, also in the metaphorical sense
    synonyms: go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress
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    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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    move ahead steadily
    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
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  2. verb
    cause to move forward
    synonyms: bring forward
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    cause to travel backward
    travel backward
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    advance the forward part of with caution
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  3. verb
    move forward
    “we have to advance clocks and watches when we travel eastward”
    synonyms: set ahead
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    set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly
  4. verb
    bring forward for consideration or acceptance
    advance an argument”
    synonyms: throw out
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    advise, propose, suggest
    make a proposal, declare a plan for something
  5. noun
    a movement forward
    synonyms: progress, progression
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    head, headway
    forward movement
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    change of location, travel
    a movement through space that changes the location of something
  6. noun
    the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)
    synonyms: advancement, forward motion, onward motion, procession, progress, progression
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    the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant)
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    an effort to advance
    career, life history
    the general progression of your working or professional life
    a steady advance
    clear sailing, easy going, plain sailing
    easy unobstructed progress
    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
  7. noun
    a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
    “she rejected his advances
    synonyms: approach, feeler, overture
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    type of:
    proffer, proposition, suggestion
    a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection
  8. adjective
    situated ahead or going before
    “an advance party”
    synonyms: advanced, in advance
    relating to or located in the front
  9. noun
    an amount paid before it is earned
    synonyms: cash advance
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    amount, amount of money, sum, sum of money
    a quantity of money
  10. verb
    pay in advance
    “Can you advance me some money?”
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    lend, loan
    give temporarily; let have for a limited time
  11. adjective
    being ahead of time or need
    “gave advance warning”
    synonyms: beforehand
    at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time
  12. verb
    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
    incite or stimulate
    contribute to the furtherance of
    take further or advance
    support or promote
    conduce, contribute, lead
    be conducive to
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    back up, support
    give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to
  13. verb
    develop further
    “We are advancing technology every day”
  14. verb
    give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
    synonyms: elevate, kick upstairs, promote, raise, upgrade
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    break, bump, demote, kick downstairs, relegate
    assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
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    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 or prefer over another
    promote somebody by brevet, in the military
    baronetise, baronetize
    confer baronetcy upon
    make a lord of someone
    dub, knight
    raise (someone) to knighthood
    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)
  15. verb
    obtain advantages, such as points, etc.
    synonyms: gain, gain ground, get ahead, make headway, pull ahead, win
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    drop off, fall back, fall behind, lose, recede
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    steal a base
    hit, rack up, score, tally
    gain points in a game
    make a score (on a hole) equal to par
    score (a spare)
    complete successfully
    score an extra point or points after touchdown by kicking the ball through the uprights or advancing the ball into the end zone
    hit a home run
    make a goal
    shoot in two strokes under par
    hole up
    score a hole in one
    score an ace against
    obtain a base on balls
    equalise, equalize, get even
    compensate; make the score equal
    get, have, make
    achieve a point or goal
  16. verb
    develop in a positive way
    synonyms: come along, come on, get along, get on, progress, shape up
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    regress, retrograde, retrogress
    get worse or fall back to a previous condition
    improve one's social status
    progress by large jumps instead of small increments
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    grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment
  17. noun
    a change for the better; progress in development
    synonyms: betterment, improvement
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    renaissance, 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
    return to an original state
    the act of adjusting again (to changed circumstances)
    accommodation to domestic life
    a general accommodation to unchanging environmental conditions
    Renaissance, Renascence, rebirth, renaissance
    the revival of learning and culture
    the activity of spiritual or physical renewal
    a revival from inactivity and disuse
    the act of reviving a person and returning them to consciousness
    initial adjustments to improve the functioning or the efficiency and to bring to a more satisfactory state
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    shift, transformation, transmutation
    a qualitative change
  18. verb
    increase or raise
    synonyms: boost, supercharge
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    type of:
    make bigger or more
  19. verb
    rise in rate or price
    synonyms: gain
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    climb, mount, rise, wax
    go up or advance
  20. noun
    increase in price or value
    “the news caused a general advance on the stock market”
    synonyms: rise
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    type of:
    increase, step-up
    the act of increasing something
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