To Adva'nce. v.a. [avancer, Fr.]
- 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.
- To raise to preferment; to aggrandize.
The declaration of the greatness of Mordecai, whereunto the king advanced him. Esther, x. 2.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.