avanzar
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avanzar(
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sahr
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to go forward)
a. to advance
Los civiles pudieron escapar antes de que el enemigo avanzara por la ciudad.The civilians managed to escape before the enemy advanced on the city.
b. to move forward
La cola para el concierto era larga, pero avanzaba bastante rápido.The line for the concert was long, but it moved forward quickly.
2. (to improve)
a. to progress
El comienzo del proyecto fue lento, pero ahora avanza a buen paso.The project was slow to get under way, but now it's progressing at a good pace.
b. to make progress
Empecé a correr hace poco y he avanzado mucho: corro cinco km en media hora.I started running a while ago, and I've made a lot of progress: I run five km in half an hour.
3. (to continue)
a. to draw on
A medida que avanzaba la noche, la luna y las estrellas atravesaban el cielo.As the night drew on, the moon and the stars moved across the sky.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to move)
a. to advance
El maestro de ajedrez siempre avanza sus caballos primero.The chess master always advances his knights first.
b. to move forward
Si tienes frío, puedes avanzar el sofá un poco hacia la chimenea.If you feel cold, you can move the couch a bit forward towards the fireplace.
5. (to propose)
a. to put forward
La cámara de comercio avanzó un plan para desarrollar el turismo en ese país.The Chamber of Commerce put forward a plan to develop tourism in that country.
avanzarse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
6. (to take unlawfully)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. to steal
El pobre se avanzó una barra de pan porque estaba hambriento.The homeless man stole a loaf of bread because he was starving.
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avanzar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (moverse)
a. to advance
las tropas continúan avanzandothe troops are still advancing
el tráfico no avanzabathe traffic wasn't moving
2. (progresar)
a. to make progress
está avanzando mucho en sus estudiosshe's making very good progress with her studies
esta tecnología avanza a gran velocidadthis technology is developing very quickly
3. (tiempo)
a. to pass
el tiempo avanza muy deprisatime passes quickly
a medida que avanza el sigloas the century draws on
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (adelantar)
a. to move forward
5. (noticias)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
avanzar algo a alguiento inform somebody of something in advance
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avanzar
transitive verb
1 (mover) to move forward; advance
avanzó la ficha cuatro casillas he moved the counter forward four spaces; he advanced the counter four spaces; avanza un poco tu silla move your chair forward a bit
2 [+dinero] to advance
3 [+opinión, propuesta] to put forward
4 [+resultado] to predict; [+predicción] to make
5 (Caribe) (vomitar) to vomit
intransitive verb
1 (ir hacia adelante) to advance; move forward
el ejército avanzó de madrugada the army advanced o moved forward at dawn; no me esperéis, seguid avanzando don't wait for me, carry on
2 (progresar) to make progress
estudio mucho pero no avanzo I work hard but I don't make any progress o headway; ha avanzado mucho en química she has made great progress in chemistry
desde que estuviste en Londres has avanzado mucho en tu inglés
las conversaciones de paz no parecen avanzar the peace talks do not seem to be progressing o making (any) progress; la genética avanza a ritmo vertiginoso genetics is progressing o advancing at a dizzy speed
el plan de empleo avanza con lentitud
3 [+noche, invierno] to draw on; approach
pronominal verb
avanzarse
avanzarse algo (Centroamérica) (México) to steal sth
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avanzar despacio
to creep forward
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