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verb advance pronunciation in British English /ədˈvɑːns/
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present tense
present participleadvancing
past tenseadvanced
past participleadvanced
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  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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