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advance +‎ -ed




  1. simple past and past participle of advance


advanced (comparative more advanced or further advanced, superlative most advanced or furthest advanced)

  1. At or close to the state of the art. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  2. Involving greater complexity; more difficult, elaborate or specialized.
    The option can be found under advanced settings.
    I'm taking a course in advanced knitting techniques.
  3. Having moved forward in time or space (e.g. advanced ignition timing).
    • 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne, chapter 3, in The Scarlet Letter, a Romance, Boston, Mass.: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, →OCLC:
      a gentleman advanced in years, with a hard experience written in his wrinkles
    • 1944 May and June, “When the Circle was Steam Operated”, in Railway Magazine, page 150:
      The length of the stoppages could not well be reduced; indeed, they are already too short if we are to believe the tale now current of a wandering Jew sort of passenger—a lady of advanced years who can only alight from a train backwards. Every time she begins to get out a porter rushes up crying "Hurry up, ma'am; train's going!"—and pushes her in again!
  4. In a late stage of development or education; having greatly progressed beyond an initial stage.
    This is an advanced prototype, it already has most of the features the final product will have.
    This book is suitable for advanced learners of English.
  5. (phonetics) Pronounced farther to the front of the vocal tract.
    Synonym: fronted
    Antonyms: retracted, backed
  6. (Philippines, of a clock or watch) Indicating a time ahead of the correct time.[1]
    Synonyms: fast, gain


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  1. ^ advanced, a.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2015.