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verb advance pronunciation in British English /ədˈvɑːns/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyadvance
he/she/itadvances
present participleadvancing
past tenseadvanced
past participleadvanced
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to move forward and towards someone or something

    Before he could advance another step, the men ran away.

    advance on:

    Troops are advancing on the village.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to make something such as a film or videotape move forward

      The technician advanced the film by a few frames.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to progress and become better or more developed

    Information technology has advanced dramatically since the 1960s.

    His cancer had now advanced so far that it could not be treated.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to help something progress and become more developed or successful

      They use the Internet as a tool to advance their research.

      He will do anything to advance his career.

      We are working to advance the cause of world peace.

  3. 3
    [transitive] formal to suggest something for people to consider

    She advanced the theory that children learn more from their friends than from their parents.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to give or lend someone money before the usual time or before they do something

    I asked the school to advance the funds for my trip.

    advance someone something:

    The bank is refusing to advance him any money.

  5. 5
    [intransitive] business to increase in value

    Stock market trading advanced slightly today.

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used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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