|Origin:||avancier, from Vulgar Latin abantiare, from Latin abante 'before'|
to move towards someone or something, especially in a slow and determined way - used especially to talk about soldiers:
A line of US tanks slowly advanced.
Troops advanced on the rebel stronghold (=moved towards it in order to attack it).
The army advanced across the plain.
if scientific or technical knowledge advances, or if something advances it, it develops and improves:
develop[intransitive and transitive]
Our understanding of human genetics has advanced considerably.
The group's research has done much to advance our knowledge of the HIV virus.
to give someone money before they have earned it
advance somebody something
Will they advance you some money until your get your first paycheck?
advance something to somebody
I advanced $1,500 to Kramer last Thursday.
to do something that will help you achieve an advantage or success for yourself or someone else:
Jameson agreed to the deal in an effort to advance his political career.
if the price or value of something advances, it increases - used especially when talking about the stock exchange
to change the time or date when an event should happen to an earlier time or date:
The meeting has been advanced to ten o'clock.
if you advance a film, clock, musical recording etc, or if it advances, it goes forward