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[of something given, paid, or provided] before it is due. The bill isn't due for a month, but I paid it in advance. I want my pay in advance.
in advance (of something)
before something happens Tickets cost $6 in advance and $8 on the day of the show. Police checked over the building in advance of the president's visit.
1. Beforehand, ahead of time. For example, He insisted on being paid half his fee in advance.
2. in advance of. In front of, as in The point man moved in advance of the squad. [Mid-1600s]
Ahead of time; beforehand.