[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"
advancement, approach, betterment, boost, boost, bring forward, cash advance, come along, come on, elevate, encourage, feeler, forward motion, further, gain, gain, gain ground, get ahead, get along, get on, go on, improvement, kick upstairs, make headway,
back, break, bump, demote, drop off, fall back, fall back, fall behind, kick downstairs, lose, recede, recede, regress, relegate, retire, retrograde, retrogress