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American English: /ədˈvæns/
British English: /ədˈvɑːns/

Translation of advance in Spanish:

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (move forward)
    to advance on somebody
    avanzar hacia alguien
    old age is fast advancing on me
    los años se me están echando encima rápidamente
    to advance on a city (Military)
    avanzar sobre una ciudad
    Example sentences
    • He advanced on Sophia purposefully, then stopped.
    • She stood and advanced on the murderer of her friend.
    • Adam threw the harness he had been mending to the floor, stood up, and advanced on Joe.
    also: advancing present participle
    a man of advancing years
    un hombre entrado en años or de edad avanzada
  • 2 2.1 (make progress)
    Example sentences
    • But to advance our knowledge such views need to be supported by rigorous analytical reasoning and the dispassionate gathering of cases and data.
    • Discourse is necessary for advancing knowledge.
    • I am a firm believer in sound science, and I believe that the shuttle mission has played a crucial role in advancing our knowledge of the universe we live in.
    2.2 (be promoted)

transitive verb

  • 2 2.1 (further)
    2.2 (promote) [formal]
    2.3 (suggest)
    the solutions advanced by socialists
    las soluciones que proponen los socialistas
    Example sentences
    • Frank has been making the rounds, advancing a theory that I believe is not without merit.
    • When I advanced my long-held theory that some of his constituents were living vicariously through his exploits, Wilson readily agreed.
    • Over the past few years, there has been an upsurge in student violence in T & T. Many have advanced theories as to how this menace can be solved.
  • 3 3.1 (bring forward in time)
    Example sentences
    • As the performance advances into the nineteenth century, the paradoxes and ambiguities concerning the nature of absolute music pile up, to considerable dramatic effect.
    • In a similar vein, Nora recommends that community colleges advance into the twenty-first century prepared for a diverse student body.
    • The biotech century is advancing upon us, moment by moment.
    Example sentences
    • But the Election Commission disturbed this apple-cart when it advanced the elections, thus ruining their plan.
    • The election is not due in the State until 2003, but political analysts say the BJP is keen to capitalise on its current lead in the polls by advancing the date.
    • The question is what is the need for advancing the date of elections by a few months.
    to advance somebody something
    anticiparle or adelantarle algo a alguien
    Example sentences
    • The reconciliation is needed to make sure the money advanced has been properly spent.
    • Giselle could hear Elaine pleading with her father to advance her allowance one month so that she could purchase some outfits.
    • At the company's office, I was shown a spreadsheet for a hypothetical client who had been advanced $8,500 in cash over six months.


  • 1 countable and uncountable (forward movement)
    (of person, army, vehicle) avance (masculine)
    with the advance of old age
    con el paso de los años
    a medida que envejece ( or envejecía etc. )
    Example sentences
    • The advance of the Red Army into eastern Europe produced a different outcome there.
    • This was a unique terrain for warfare, where rapid advances and swift movements of armies were extremely difficult.
    • Strategy and tactics were based on easily coordinated and controlled movements - advances, encirclements, or envelopments.
  • 2 countable and uncountable (of civilization, science, knowledge) a great advance in technology
    un gran avance tecnológico
    a huge advance on previous techniques
    un gran avance con respecto a las técnicas anteriores
    any advance on (that offer of) $100?
    ¿alguien da or ofrece más de 100 dólares?
    Example sentences
    • However, huge advances in the development of anti-depressants coupled with greater understanding of the cause of depression are a cause for optimism, he said.
    • It has a special significance, too, for my brother and I who basically marked our childhood development by advances in video game technology.
    • We can look forward to further developments and advances in the future.
  • 3
    also: advances plural
    insinuaciones (feminine plural)
    to make advances to somebody
    hacerle insinuaciones a alguien
    insinuársele a alguien
    Example sentences
    • They may also have the expectation that alcohol makes it easier to make sexual advances, and thus they may use alcohol intentionally for achieving such a purpose.
    • Therefore, rejections of sexual advances may be seen as inappropriate and may be ignored.
    • When two men pulled up in a station wagon, the girls rebuffed their sexual advances.
  • 4 countable 4.1 (early payment) advance on somethingthey gave me an advance of £100 on my salary
    me adelantaron 100 libras del sueldo
    me dieron un adelanto or anticipo de 100 libras a cuenta del sueldo
    4.2 (loan)
    Example sentences
    • In the case of most loans to consumers, and for smaller commercial loans, the advance is usually credited forthwith to the borrower's current account and stands at his disposal at any time.
    • The bank's loan and advances portfolio registered 42 per cent growth, reaching the level of K79.55 billion.
    • Day after day, my wife and I receive unsolicited offers for credit cards, home equity loans and cash advances.
  • 5 (in phrases) in advanceto pay in advance
    pagar por adelantado or por anticipado
    tickets are $10 in advance
    las entradas cuestan 10 dólares si se compran por adelantado
    it was planned well in advance
    se planeó con mucha antelación or anticipación
    I made my appointment one month in advance
    concerté mi cita con un mes de antelación
    thanking you in advance
    agradeciéndole de antemano su atención
    I sent my books in advance
    mandé antes los libros
    in advance ofI arrived well in advance of my friends
    llegué mucho antes que mis amigos
    they were one mile in advance of the enemy
    estaban una milla por delante del enemigo
    a woman in advance of her time
    una mujer de ideas muy avanzadas para su época
    una mujer que se adelantó a su época

adjective before noun

  • 1 (ahead of time) the advance publicity for a product
    la promoción previa al lanzamiento de un producto
    advance booking is essential
    es imprescindible hacer la reserva por anticipado or con anticipación
    advance booking office advance copy (of a book)
    ejemplar (masculine) de anticipo
    advance notice (Law)
    preaviso (masculine)
    aviso (masculine) previo
    they arrived without any advance warning or notice
    llegaron de improviso or sin previo aviso
    advance payment
    pago (masculine) anticipado or (por) adelantado
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