In advance
Advance Ad*vance", n. [Cf. F. avance, fr. avancer. See {Advance}, v.] 1. The act of advancing or moving forward or upward; progress. [1913 Webster]

2. Improvement or progression, physically, mentally, morally, or socially; as, an advance in health, knowledge, or religion; an advance in rank or office. [1913 Webster]

3. An addition to the price; rise in price or value; as, an advance on the prime cost of goods. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

[He] made the like advances to the dissenters. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

I shall, with pleasure, make the necessary advances. --Jay. [1913 Webster]

The account was made up with intent to show what advances had been made. --Kent. [1913 Webster]

{In advance} (a) In front; before. (b) Beforehand; before an equivalent is received. (c) In the state of having advanced money on account; as, A is in advance to B a thousand dollars or pounds. [1913 Webster]


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