Advance. Verb. 1. To go forward to progress. Example: our goal this year is to advance on and overtake the competition. 2. To make an amorous move towards somebody. Example: after building up enough courage, Tony finally made on advance on her and asked her out 3. To give someone something beforehand. Example: Jenna was extremely happy that she was paid in advance for the job. 4. To become more skilful at something.