[ ad-vanst, -vahnst ]
/ ædˈvænst, -ˈvɑnst /


placed ahead or forward: with one foot advanced.
ahead or far or further along in progress, complexity, knowledge, skill, etc.: an advanced class in Spanish; to take a course in advanced mathematics; Our plans are too advanced to make the change now.
pertaining to or embodying ideas, practices, attitudes, etc., taken as being more enlightened or liberal than the standardized, established, or traditional: advanced theories of child care; the more advanced members of the artistic community.
far along in time: the advanced age of most senators.

Origin of advanced

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at advance, -ed2


well-ad·vanced, adjective

Definition for advanced (2 of 2)

Origin of advance

1200–50; Middle English avauncen < Anglo-French, Old French avanc(i)er < Vulgar Latin *abantiāre, verbal derivative of Late Latin abante in front (of) (Latin ab away from, off + ante before); ad- by mistaking a- for a-5 in the 16th cent.

synonym study for advance

13. Advance, move on, proceed all imply movement forward. Advance applies to forward movement, especially toward an objective: to advance to a platform. Proceed emphasizes movement, as from one place to another, and often implies continuing after a halt: to proceed on one's journey. Move on is similar in meaning to proceed; it does not, however, imply a definite goal: The crowd was told to move on.


ad·vanc·ing·ly, adverb o·ver·ad·vance, verb, o·ver·ad·vanced, o·ver·ad·vanc·ing, noun un·ad·vanc·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for advanced (1 of 2)

/ (ədˈvɑːnst) /


being ahead in development, knowledge, progress, etc advanced studies
having reached a comparatively late stage a man of advanced age
ahead of the times advanced views on religion

British Dictionary definitions for advanced (2 of 2)

/ (ədˈvɑːns) /



See also advances

Derived forms of advance

advancer, noun advancingly, adverb

Word Origin for advance

C15: advauncen, altered (on the model of words beginning with Latin ad-) from C13 avauncen, via Old French from Latin abante from before, from ab- away from + ante before

Idioms and Phrases with advanced


see in advance; make advances.