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Advance (verb active)

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To Adva'nce. v.a. [avancer, Fr.]

  1. To bring forward, in the local sense.

    Now morn, her rosy steps in th' eastern clime
    Advancing, sow'd the earth with orient pearl.
    Parad. Lost.

  2. To raise to preferment; to aggrandize.

    The declaration of the greatness of Mordecai, whereunto the king advanced him. Esther, x. 2.

  3. To improve.

    What laws can be advised more proper and effectual to advance the nature of man to its highest perfection, than these precepts of christianity? Tillotson.

  4. To heighten; to grace; to give lustre to.

    As the calling dignifies the man, so the man much more advances his calling. As a garment, though it warms the body, has a return with an advantage, being much more warmed by it. South's Sermons.

  5. To forward; to accelerate.

    These three last were slower than the ordinary Indian wheat of itself; and this culture did rather retard than advance. Bacon.

  6. To propose; to offer to the publick.

    I dare not advance my opinion against the judgment of so great an author; but I think it fair to leave the decision to the publick. Dryden's Fables, Pref.

    Some ne'er advance a judgment of their own,
    But catch the spreading notion of the town.
    Pop. Ess. on Crit.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788) · The Bible - Esther (3) · Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393) · South, Robert (158) · Tillotson, John (68)

Attributes: French (385) · Verb Active (289)

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