[ verb ] move forward, also in the metaphorical sense
: "Time marches on"
Used in print(Thomas B. Dewey, Hunter at Large....)
He advanced slowly , directly , giving no hint of a feint to either side .
[ noun ] a movement forward
"he listened for the progress of the troops"
Used in print(John R. Sargent, "Where To Aim Your Planning for Bigger...)
Companies of all types have made great advances in production capabilities and efficiencies - in modern equipment and new processes , enlarged R_+_D facilities , faster new product development .
[ noun ] a change for the better; progress in development
Used in print(Jack Kaplan, "The Health Machine Menace: Therapy by...)
He milks the latest scientific advances , translating them into his own special Buck_Rogers vocabulary to huckster his fake machines as a cure-all for everything from hay_fever to sexual impotence and cancer .(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)
Will advances in human sciences help us build social_structures and governments which will enable us to cope_with people as_effectively_as the primitive combination of protein and nucleic_acid built a structure of molecules which enabled it to adapt to a sea of molecular interaction ?
The major effect of these advances appears to lie_in the part they have played in the industrial_revolution and in the tools which scientific understanding has given us to build and manipulate a more protective environment .
In agriculture , for_example , despite the advances in biology , elaborate rituals tend to persist along with a continued sense of the imminence of some natural disaster .
[ verb ] bring forward for consideration or acceptance
"advance an argument"
Used in print(Barry Goldwater, "A Foreign Policy for America"...)
The argument was typically advanced in_terms_of U._S. `` prestige '' .(Newton Stallknecht, "Ideas and Literature," in Newton S...)
Outstanding among these is the idea of human nature itself , including the many definitions that have been advanced over the centuries ; also secondary notions such_as the perfectibility of man , the depravity of man , and the dignity of man .
[ verb ] increase or raise
"boost the voltage in an electrical circuit"
Used in print(The New York Times,...)
In the House , the Southern-Republican coalition is expected to make another major stand in opposition to the Administration 's housing bill , while more jockeying is expected in an attempt to advance the aid-to-education bill .(Los Angeles Times,...)
Treasury_Secretary_Douglas_Dillon said the economy is expected to advance by a whopping 8 % next year , paving_the_way for lower taxes .
The Dow_Jones industrial average advanced 7.19 to 687.87 .
Of 1253 issues traded , 695 advanced and 354 declined .(The New York Times,...)
What better affirmative step could be taken to this end than repeal of the Connally amendment - an act which could expose the United_States to no practical risk yet would put an end to our self-judging attitude toward the court , enable us to utilize it , and advance in a tangible way the cause of international_law and order ?
[ verb ] cause to move forward
"Can you move the car seat forward?"
Used in print(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)
This something leads to a conception of an over-all Social Plan with a meaning interpretable in_terms_of ultimate ends ; for_example , a plan that fulfills the will of God , which advances the Kingdom_of_God , which involves social life as part of the Grand Design .(Louis Zara, Dark Rider....)
The steeple leaned backward , while the church advanced like a headless creature in a long , shapeless coat .
[ verb ] contribute to the progress or growth of
"I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"
Used in print(John F. Hayward, "Mimesis and Symbol in the Arts"...)
Accordingly , it is the aim of this essay to advance a new theory of imitation ( which I shall call mimesis in_order to distinguish it from earlier theories of imitation ) and a new theory of invention ( which I shall call symbol for reasons to be stated hereafter ) .(Statements 87th Congress, 1st Session. Appropriations,...)
coordinate , correlate , and publish information with a view to advancing the development of low-cost saline water conversion projects ; and cooperate with other Federal_departments and agencies , with State and local_departments , agencies , and instrumentalities , and with interested persons , firms , institutions , and organizations .
Research and development activities undertaken by the Secretary shall be coordinated or conducted jointly with the Department_of_Defense to the end that developments under this Act which are primarily of a civil nature will contribute to the defense of the Nation and that developments which are primarily of a military nature will , to the greatest practicable extent compatible with military and security requirements , be available to advance the purposes of_this Act and to strengthen the civil economy of the Nation .
[ verb ] obtain advantages, such as points, etc.
"The home team was gaining ground" "After defeating the Knicks, the Blazers pulled ahead of the Lakers in the battle for the number-one playoff berth in the Western Conference"
Used in print(Los Angeles Times,...)
Look_for home building nationally to advance less_than 10 percent this year from 1960 's 1257700 0 non-farm housing starts .(Newark Evening News...)
However , Biblical scholars frequently attested to its numerous inaccuracies , as old manuscripts were uncovered and scholarship advanced .(Hal Kelly, "Build Hotei"...)
This is an important step because any misalignment would cause progressively worse misalignment in the hull as you advance in construction .
[ verb ] develop in a positive way
"He progressed well in school" "My plants are coming along" "Plans are shaping up"
Used in print(The New York Times,...)
Apart from the personal_equation , another reason advanced in favor of the meeting was that too often in_the_past the U._S. appeared to have been dragged reluctantly to the summit .(The Detroit News,...)
Perhaps the moralities of world law are not advanced by stealing American diplomatic papers and planes , but the Kennedy administration can always file a demurrer to the effect that , but for its own incompetence in protecting American interests , these things would not happen .
[ verb ] develop further
"We are advancing technology every day"
Used in print(Walter H. Buchsbaum, "Advances in Medical Electronics"...)
At the present time the research team which pioneered this new technique is primarily interested in advancing and perfecting it .
[ verb ] give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
"John was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired" "Women tend not to advance in the major law firms" "I got promoted after many years of hard work"
[ verb ] pay in advance
"Can you advance me some money?"