To advance is to move forward or do something ahead of a particular time.

  • Kevin advanced from assistant manager to manager and then to regional manager.
  • It’s necessary to pay for this in advance.
  • Thanks in advance.
  • The army is advancing on the small town.
  • You’ll advance in this company if you improve your English.
  • Advance. (Move forward. This is a command.)

pay in advance

The words "advanced" and "advancing" are used as adjectives. When something is "advanced," it’s progressing quickly. This can be good or bad.

  • She has advanced Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Brian is taking an advanced algebra class.
  • Zahra teaches an advanced French course.
  • There was no advanced warning of the attack.
  • An advancing army caused residents of the small town to panic.
  • Advancing students moved to the next level in the language program.

The word "advancement" is a noun:

  • There’s really no opportunity for advancement in this company because it’s so small.
  • Advancements in science and technology have improved our quality of life.

There are a few other uses for the word "advance" when it’s a noun:

  • The supervisor made an advance on one of his employees. (This means he expressed a romantic or sexual desire. This is almost always illegal in the U.S.)
  • Jose asked for an advance from the owner of the company that he works for. (An "advance" is money paid for work that has not yet been completed.)
  • The publishing company gave me a $10,000 advance for the book that I’m currently working on.

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December 1, 2014