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Synonyms of advance in English:


  • 1 the battalion advanced rapidly
    move forward, proceed, press on, push on, push forward, make progress, make headway, gain ground, approach, come closer, draw nearer, near
    [Antonyms] retreat
  • 2 the court may advance the date of the hearing
    bring forward, put forward, move forward
    [Antonyms] postpone
  • 3 the move advanced his career
    promote, further, help, aid, assist, boost, strengthen, improve, benefit, foster
    [Antonyms] impede, hinder
  • 4 our technology has advanced in the last few years
    progress, make progress, make headway, develop, evolve, make strides, move forward (in leaps and bounds), move ahead;
    improve, thrive, flourish, prosper
    [Antonyms] stagnate
  • 5 the hypothesis I wish to advance in this article
    put forward, present, submit, suggest, propose, introduce, offer, adduce, moot
    [Antonyms] retract
  • 6 a relative advanced him some money
    lend, loan, put up, come up with
    [Antonyms] borrow
  • noun

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  • 1 the advance of the aggressors
    progress, forward movement;
  • 2 a significant medical advance
    breakthrough, development, step forward, step in the right direction, (quantum) leap;
    find, finding, discovery, invention
  • 3 share prices showed significant advances
  • 4 the writer is going to be given a huge advance
    down payment, retainer, prepayment, deposit, front money, money up front
  • 5 unwelcome sexual advances
    pass, proposition
  • adjective

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  • 1 an advance party of settlers
    preliminary, sent (on) ahead, first, exploratory;
    pilot, test, trial
  • 2 advance warning
    early, prior, beforehand
  • Phrases

    in advance
    rental skis and boots can be reserved in advance
    beforehand, before, ahead of time, earlier, previously;
    in readiness
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