Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “advance”

See all translations

advance

verb
 
 
/ədˈvɑːns/
[I or T] to develop and become successful, or to make something do this: Biotechnology continues to advance at a rapid pace.advance to sth She eventually advanced to vice-chairman of the bank.advance your career/interests/position Some employees decide to study for an MBA in order to advance their careers.
[I] FINANCE, STOCK MARKET to increase in value: On the New York Stock Exchange 1,128 issues advanced and 1,057 declined .advance 5.5 cents/8p/10.9 points, etc. The general stock index advanced 1.94 points, or 0.04%, to 5291.45.advance against sth The dollar advanced against the Japanese yen.
[I] to increase in number, amount, or value: Overall, consumer prices are advancing at a modest rate. Pre-tax profits advanced 10% to €252m.
to suggest a new idea or plan to a group of people: Measures advanced by the General Assembly included reducing vehicle carbon-dioxide emissions.advance a plan/proposal/theory Several proposals for reform were advanced by members of Congress.
[T] FINANCE to give someone money before the usual time or before a piece of work is finished: advance sb sth Two weeks ago I hired him, and advanced him $10,000.advance sth to sb Evidence shows that lenders are becoming more discriminating in advancing loans to borrowers.
[T] to change the date or time of an event to an earlier one: No plans were made to advance the board meeting.
(Definition of advance verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of advance?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “advance” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

bad/hard/tough luck

said to express sympathy with someone when something bad has happened to them

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More