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Synonyms of advance in English:


  • 1 the battalion advanced on Rawlinson's orders the tide was advancing
    move forward, proceed, move along, press on, push on, push forward, make progress, make headway, forge on, forge ahead, gain ground, approach, come closer, move closer, move nearer, draw nearer, near
    dated draw nigh
    [Antonyms] retreat
  • 2 the court may advance the date of the hearing
    bring forward, put forward, move forward, make earlier
    [Antonyms] postpone
  • 3 their firm was to be advanced at the expense of others
    promote, further, forward, help, aid, assist, facilitate, boost, strengthen, improve, make better, benefit, foster, cultivate, encourage, support, back
    [Antonyms] impede, hinder
  • 4 our technology has advanced in the last few years
    progress, make progress, make headway, develop, improve, become better, thrive, flourish, prosper, mature;
    evolve, make strides, move forward (in leaps and bounds), move ahead, get ahead
  • 5 they advanced a claim of imperial sovereignty
    [Antonyms] retract
  • 6 he had inadequate funds but a relative advanced him some money
    lend, loan, credit, pay in advance, supply on credit;
    British informal sub
    [Antonyms] borrow
  • 7 dated they apologized for advancing the subscription to one guinea per copy See increase (sense 2 of the verb)
  • noun

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  • 1 alarm over the advance of the aggressors was spreading
    progress, headway, moving forward, forward movement;
  • 2 the treatment would be a significant medical advance the rapid post-war advance of science
    breakthrough, development, step forward, step in the right direction, leap, quantum leap, find, finding, discovery, invention, success;
    headway, progress, advancement, evolution, improvement, betterment, furtherance
  • 3 the bank was engaged in the task of restraining the pound's advance
    informal hike
  • 4 the writer is going to be given a huge advance
    down payment, advance against royalty, deposit, retainer, prepayment, front money, money up front
  • 5 (usually advances) my tutor made unwelcome sexual advances to me in his office
    sexual approaches, overtures, moves;
    a pass, proposal, proposition, offer, suggestion, appeal
    informal come-on
  • Phrases

    in advance
    ski equipment may be hired in advance
    beforehand, before, ahead of time, earlier, previously, in readiness


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  • 1 an advance party of settlers
    preliminary, leading, forward, foremost, at the fore, sent (on) ahead, first, exploratory, explorative, pilot, vanguard, test, trial
  • 2 the new weather monitor gives plenty of advance warning
    early, previous, prior, beforehand
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