1. To bring forward; to move towards the van or front; to make to go on.
2. To raise; to elevate. [Archaic]
"They . . . advanced their eyelids. Shak." --
3. To raise to a higher rank; to promote.
"Ahasueres . . . advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes. Esther iii. 1." --
4. To accelerate the growth or progress; to further; to forward; to help on; to aid; to heighten; as, to advance the ripening of fruit; to advance one's interests.
5. To bring to view or notice; to offer or propose; to show; as, to advance an argument.
"Some ne'er advance a judgment of their own. Pope." --
6. To make earlier, as an event or date; to hasten.
7. To furnish, as money or other value, before it becomes due, or in aid of an enterprise; to supply beforehand; as, a merchant advances money on a contract or on goods consigned to him.
8. To raise to a higher point; to enhance; to raise in rate; as, to advance the price of goods.
9. To extol; to laud. [Obs.]
"Greatly advancing his gay chivalry. Spenser." --
Syn. -- To raise; elevate; exalt; aggrandize; improve; heighten; accelerate; allege; adduce; assign.