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[ad-vanst, -vahnst] /ædˈvænst, -ˈvɑnst/
placed ahead or forward:
with one foot advanced.
ahead or far or further along in progress, complexity, knowledge, skill, etc.:
an advanced class in Spanish; to take a course in advanced mathematics; Our plans are too advanced to make the change now.
pertaining to or embodying ideas, practices, attitudes, etc., taken as being more enlightened or liberal than the standardized, established, or traditional:
advanced theories of child care; the more advanced members of the artistic community.
far along in time:
the advanced age of most senators.
Origin of advanced
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; see advance, -ed2
Related forms
well-advanced, adjective Unabridged
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  • The morning was well advanced, and he feared no evil consequences, especially as the news was important and pressing.

    Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
  • Wentworth, who was now well advanced with his dressing, gave a long whistle.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • By this time the afternoon was well advanced, and yet the knight, unchanged and unwearied, pursued his thoughts.

    Four Arthurian Romances Chretien DeTroyes
  • One of them was young, and the other well advanced in years.

  • The position of the sun's rays on the wall indicated that the morning was well advanced.

    The Argus Pheasant John Charles Beecham
  • Careful watch has been set by now, and scouts will be well advanced.

    Marcus: the Young Centurion George Manville Fenn
  • The dinner was well advanced when I became conscious of a voice behind me, evidently an American and as evidently young.

    Winged Wheels in France Michael Myers Shoemaker
  • May was well advanced, and the short, hot summer was at hand.

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  • By this time the afternoon was well advanced and the whole English line surrounded.

British Dictionary definitions for well advanced


being ahead in development, knowledge, progress, etc: advanced studies
having reached a comparatively late stage: a man of advanced age
ahead of the times: advanced views on religion
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Word Origin and History for well advanced



1530s, "far ahead in the course of actions or ideas," past participle adjective from advance (v.). Of studies, from 1790. Military use is from 1795. In late 19c. used especially in reference to views on women's equality.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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