Etymology: Middle English advauncen, from Anglo-French avancer, from Vulgar Latin *abantiare, from Late Latin abante in front, from Latin ab- + ante before — more at ante-
Date: 15th century
1. to accelerate the growth or progress of <advance a cause> 2. to bring or move forward <advance a pawn> 3. to raise to a higher rank 4. archaic to lift up ; raise 5. to bring forward in time; especially to make earlier <advance the date of the meeting> 6. to bring forward for notice, consideration, or acceptance ; propose <advance an idea> 7. to supply or furnish in expectation of repayment <advance a loan> 8. to raise in rate ; increase <advance the rent> intransitive verb 1. to move forward ; proceed <an advancing army> 2. to make progress ; increase <advance in age> 3. to rise in rank, position, or importance <advance through the ranks> 4. to rise in rate or price <advancing wages> • advancer noun Synonyms: advance, promote, forward, further mean to help (someone or something) to move ahead. advance stresses effective assisting in hastening a process or bringing about a desired end <advance the cause of peace>. promote suggests an encouraging or fostering and may denote an increase in status or rank <a campaign to promote better health>. forward implies an impetus forcing something ahead <a wage increase would forward productivity>. further suggests a removing of obstacles in the way of a desired advance <used the marriage to further his career>. II. noun Date: 1668 1. a moving forward 2. a. progress in development <mistaking material advance for spiritual enrichment — H. J. Laski> b. a progressive step ; improvement <an advance in medical technique> 3. a rise in price, value, or amount 4. a first step or approach made <her attitude discouraged all advances> 5. a provision of something (as money or goods) before a return is received; also the money or goods supplied III. adjective Date: 1701 1. made, sent, or furnished ahead of time <advance sales> 2. going or situated before <an advance party of soldiers> <an advance guard>
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.