adiantar

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Adiante (in the front), a (to) + diante (in front of), de (of) + Latin ante (in front of), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂enti, locative singular of the root noun *h₂ent- (front, front side).

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adiantar (first-person singular present indicative adianto, past participle adiantado)

  1. to bring to the front, bring forward
    • 1572, Luís Vaz de Camões, Os Lusíadas, 4th canto:
      No primeiro eſquadrão, que ſe adianta
      In the first squadron, which brings itself forward
  2. to anticipate information
    • 1897, Euclides da Cunha, Article published in Estado de São Paulo:
      Nada ainda poderei adiantar sobre a situação.
      I still can't anticipate information about the situation.
  3. to work, function, to have a point (referring to actions)
    • 1961, Antônio de Alcântara Machado, As Cinco Panelas de Ouro (Contos Avulsos):
      Subornar também não adianta. Quer dizer: é impossível. Melhor é revelar o segredo.
      Bribing also doesn't work. I mean: it is impossible. It is better to reveal the secret.
    • 1928, Antônio de Alcântara Machado, O Mártir Jesus (Laranja-da-China):
      Crispiniano quis virar valente. Que é que adiantava? Fifi reteve com dificuldade umas lágrimas sinceras.
      Crispiniano wanted to become valiant. What was the point? Fifi retained with difficulty some sincere tears.

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