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advance

verb uk   /ədˈvɑːns/  us   /-ˈvæns/

advance verb (MOVE FORWARD)

[I or T] to go or move something forward, or to develop or improve something: The fire advanced steadily through the forest. The troops advanced on the city (= approached it, ready to attack). We have advanced greatly in our knowledge of the universe. Her study has considerably advanced (= helped) the cause of equal rights. He's just trying to advance (= improve) his own career.
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advance verb (PAY)

[T] to pay someone some money before the regular time: [+ two objects] Could you advance me £500 until Tuesday?

advance verb (SUGGEST)

[T] formal to suggest an idea or theory: the theory advanced in this article

advance verb (INCREASE)

[I] If something such as a share price advances, it increases in value: On the New York Stock Exchange 1,228 issues advanced and 1,157 declined .

advance

noun uk   /ədˈvɑːns/  us   /-ˈvæns/

advance noun (MOVEMENT)

B2 [C or U] the forward movement of something, or an improvement or development in something: Nothing could stop the advance of the floodwaters. Recent advances in medical science mean that this illness can now be cured.
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advance noun (MONEY)

money paid to someone before the regular time: She asked for a £300 advance on her salary.

advance noun (SEX)

[C usually plural] an attempt to start a sexual or romantic relationship with someone: She rejected his unwelcome advances.

advance noun (PRICE)

[C] something such as a share price that increases in value: Declining stocks easily defeated advances 413 to 302.

advance

adjective [before noun] uk   /ədˈvɑːns/  us   /-ˈvæns/
happening, done, or ready before an event: advance payment/booking We got no advance warning/notice of the changes.
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