One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An advance after a retreat or withdrawal; a renewed advance; Geology the renewed advance of an ice sheet or glacier.
1with object To advance (a person or thing) again, or to a further extent.
2no object To advance again, or to a further extent.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Brand (1744–1806), antiquary and topographer. From readvance<br>late 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Johnson (fl. 1592–1622), writer. From re- + advance.
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