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.)
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