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noun advance pronunciation in American English /ədˈvæns/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] progress or an instance of progress in science, technology, human knowledge, etc.
    In spite of all its advances, medical science still knows little about the brain.
    advance in: major advances in computer technology
    the advance of something: ethical questions raised by the advance of genetic engineering
  2. 2
    [countable] a forward movement toward someone or something, especially by an army
    The rebels continued their advance on the capital city.
  3. 3
    [countable] a payment for work that is given before the work is complete
    The author has signed a publishing deal for an advance of $800,000.
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    1. a.
      an amount of money that is paid to someone before the usual time
      I asked for an advance on next month’s wages.
  4. 4


    [plural] an attempt to have a sexual relationship with someone, especially when they do not want it
    make advances: Evans denied making sexual advances to her.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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