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[n] the act of moving forward toward a goal
[n] increase in price or value; "the news caused a general advance on the stock market"
[n] a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others; "she rejected his advances"
[n] a change for the better; progress in development
[n] a movement forward; "he listened for the progress of the troops"
[n] an amount paid before it is earned
[v] develop further; "We are advancing technology every day"
[v] rise in rate or price; "The stock market gained 24 points today"
[v] develop in a positive way; "He progressed well in school"; "My plants are coming along"; "Plans are shaping up"
[v] increase or raise; "boost the voltage in an electrical circuit"
[v] bring forward for consideration or acceptance; "advance an argument"
[v] obtain advantages, such as points, etc.; "The home team was gaining ground"; "After defeating the Knicks, the Blazers pulled ahead of the Lakers in the battle for the number-one playoff berth in the Western Conference"
[v] move forward, also in the metaphorical sense; "Time marches on"
[v] cause to move forward; "Can you move the car seat forward?"
[v] move forward; of clocks and watches
[v] pay in advance; "Can you advance me some money?"
[v] give a promotion to or assign to a higher position; "John was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired"; "Women tend not to advance in the major law firms"; "I got promoted after many years of hard work"
[v] contribute to the progress or growth of; "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"

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