1 farther along in physical or mental development; "the child's skeletal age was classified as `advanced'"; "children in the advanced classes in elementary school read far above grade average"
2 comparatively late in a course of development; "the illness had reached an advanced stage"; "an advanced state of exhaustion" [syn: advanced(a)]
3 ahead of the times; "the advanced teaching methods"; "had advanced views on the subject"; "a forward-looking corporation"; "is British industry innovative enough?" [syn: forward-looking, innovative, modern]
4 at a higher level in training or knowledge or skill; "an advanced degree"; "an advanced text in physics"; "special seminars for small groups of advanced students at the University"
5 ahead in development; complex or intricate; "advanced technology"; "a sophisticated electronic control system" [syn: sophisticated]
6 far along in time; "a man of advanced age"; "advanced in years"; "a ripe old age"; "the ripe age of 90" [syn: ripe]
7 (of societies) highly developed especially in technology or industry; "advanced societies"; "an advanced country technologically"
8 situated ahead or going before; "an advance party"; "at that time the most advanced outpost was still east of the Rockies" [syn: advance(a), advanced(a), in advance(p)]
- past of advance
a bit previous, a la mode, advanced in life, advanced in years, adventurous, aged, along in years, ameliorated, ancient, avant-garde, beautified, bettered, broad, broad-minded, civilized, contemporary, converted, cultivated, cultured, daring, developed, educated, elderly, embellished, enhanced, enriched, exploratory, far ahead, far out, fashionable, forward, forward-looking, gray, gray with age, gray-haired, gray-headed, grown old, half-baked, half-cocked, hasty, hoar, hoary, ill-considered, improved, impulsive, in, inaugural, mod, modern, modernistic, modernized, modish, newfashioned, not firm, now, old, old as Methuselah, original, overhasty, oversoon, patriarchal, perfected, polished, preceding, precipitate, precocious, preliminary, premature, present-day, present-time, previous, progressive, radical, refined, reformed, rushed, senectuous, streamlined, tolerant, too early, too soon, transfigured, transformed, twentieth-century, ultra-ultra, ultramodern, uncrystallized, unjelled, unmatured, unmeditated, unpremeditated, unprepared, unripe, untimely, up-to-date, up-to-datish, up-to-the-minute, venerable, venturesome, way out, white, white with age, white-bearded, white-crowned, white-haired, wide, wrinkled, wrinkly, years old