Advance Ad*vance", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Advanced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Advancing}(#).] [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}.] 1. To bring forward; to move towards the van or front; to make to go on. [1913 Webster]

2. To raise; to elevate. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

They . . . advanced their eyelids. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To raise to a higher rank; to promote. [1913 Webster]

Ahasueres . . . advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes. --Esther iii. 1. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

5. To bring to view or notice; to offer or propose; to show; as, to advance an argument. [1913 Webster]

Some ne'er advance a judgment of their own. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

6. To make earlier, as an event or date; to hasten. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

8. To raise to a higher point; to enhance; to raise in rate; as, to advance the price of goods. [1913 Webster]

9. To extol; to laud. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Greatly advancing his gay chivalry. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To raise; elevate; exalt; aggrandize; improve; heighten; accelerate; allege; adduce; assign. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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