to accelerate the growth or progress of. to bring or move forward. to raise to a higher rank. to lift up: RAISE. to bring forward in time. to bring forward for notice, consideration, or acceptance: PROPOSE. to supply or furnish in expectation of repayment. to raise in rate: INCREASE. to move forward: PROCEED. to make progress: INCREASE. to rise in rank, position, or importance. to rise in rate or price. a moving forward. progress in development. a progressive step: IMPROVEMENT. a rise in price, value, or amount. a first step or approach made (as to gain favor or form an acquaintance). a provision of something (such as money or goods) before a return is received. made, sent, or furnished ahead of time. going or situated before.