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advance

verb [I/T]  /ədˈvæns, æd-/ us  

advance verb [I/T] (MOVE FORWARD)

to go or move something forward, or to develop or improve something: [T] Research has advanced our understanding of the virus. [I] Tonight’s winner advances to the semifinals.
advancement
noun [U]  /ədˈvæns·mənt, æd-/ us  
They did nothing for the advancement of women.
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advance

adjective  /ədˈvæns, æd-/ us  

advance adjective (HAPPENING EARLY)

happening before an event: We got no advance warning of the changes.

advance

noun  /ədˈvæns, æd-/ us  

advance noun (HAPPENING EARLY)

[C] money paid before something happens: Most authors get an advance on royalties they’ll earn later.

advance noun (MOVING FORWARD)

[C/U] an act of moving something forward or improving something: [C] Technological advances have changed TV news. [U] The army’s advance was halted. [C] fig. She rejected his unwelcome advances (= attempts to make her interested in him).
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