ad|vance1 W2S3 [ədˈva:ns US ədˈvæns] n
1 in advance (of something)
2 be in advance of somebody/something
4¦(forward movement)¦
6 advances
1.) in advance (of sth)
before something happens or is expected to happen
I should warn you in advance that I'm not a very good dancer.
Many thanks, in advance, for your help.
six months/a year etc in advance
The airline suggests booking tickets 21 days in advance.
Could you distribute copies well in advance of the meeting?
2.) be in advance of sb/sth
to be more developed or modern than someone or something else
Their aircraft were in advance of those used by the US.
a change, discovery, or ↑invention that brings progress
technological/scientific/medical etc advance
one of the great technological advances of the 20th century
a major advance
advance in
Recent advances in genetics have raised moral questions.
advance on
an advance on previous treatments
the advances made in the understanding of mental handicap
forward movement or progress of a group of people - used especially to talk about soldiers
advance on
the enemy's advance on St. Petersburg
5.) ¦(MONEY)¦ [C usually singular]
money paid to someone before the usual time, especially someone's salary
a $500 advance
advance on
Krebs decided to ask for an advance on his salary.
6.) advances [plural] formal
an attempt to start a sexual relationship with someone
She accused her boss of making advances to her.
The witness said that he 'went berserk' when she rejected his sexual advances .
7.) ¦(INCREASE)¦
an increase in the price or value of something - used especially to talk about the ↑stock exchange
advance 2
advance2 W3 v
1¦(move forward)¦
4 advance your career/a cause/your interests etc
6¦( time/date)¦
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: avancier, from Vulgar Latin abantiare, from Latin abante 'before']
to move towards someone or something, especially in a slow and determined way - used especially to talk about soldiers
A line of US tanks slowly advanced.
advance on
Troops advanced on the rebel stronghold (=moved towards it in order to attack it) .
advance across/through/towards
The army advanced across the plain.
2.) ¦(DEVELOP)¦ [I and T]
if scientific or technical knowledge advances, or if something advances it, it develops and improves
Our understanding of human genetics has advanced considerably.
The group's research has done much to advance our knowledge of the HIV virus.
3.) ¦(MONEY)¦ [T]
to give someone money before they have earned it
advance sb sth
Will they advance you some money until your get your first paycheck?
advance sth to sb
I advanced $1,500 to Kramer last Thursday.
4.) advance your career/a cause/your interests etc
to do something that will help you achieve an advantage or success for yourself or someone else
Jameson agreed to the deal in an effort to advance his political career.
5.) ¦(PRICE)¦ [I]
if the price or value of something advances, it increases - used especially when talking about the ↑stock exchange
6.) ¦( TIME/DATE)¦ [T] [i]formal
to change the time or date when an event should happen to an earlier time or date
The meeting has been advanced to ten o'clock.
7.) ¦(MACHINE)¦ [I and T] formal
if you advance a film, clock, musical recording etc, or if it advances, it goes forward
advance 3
advance3 adj
1.) advance planning/warning/booking etc
planning etc that is done before an event
We received no advance warning of the storm.
2.) advance party/team
a group of people who go first to a place where something will happen to prepare for it
3.) advance copy
a copy of a book, record etc that has not yet been made available to the public

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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