verb (used with object), ad·van·taged, ad·van·taging.
- to make use of for gain: to take advantage of an opportunity.
- to impose upon, especially unfairly, as by exploiting a weakness: to take advantage of someone.
Origin of advantage
Examples from the Web for advantage
In a remote location with little means for economic development, the Brogpas have cultivating this identity to their advantage.
You also say that you think your condition gave you an advantage in some ways.
By 2014, that advantage still existed but was statistically meaningless: 47 percent Republican, 44 percent Democratic.
That contrasts with a 49 to 48 percent advantage for Democrats in the other 37 states.
“People feel that these crowded areas play to their advantage—it provides this sense of a cover,” he said.How to Get Away With Stealing $2 Million in Jewelry in the Heart of New York|John Surico|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was about three months after his return that Edgar had an opportunity of finding the advantage of his skill in boxing.At Aboukir and Acre|George Alfred Henty
This has the advantage of the others in brevity and epigrammatic point.The Expositor's Bible: Ephesians|G. G. Findlay
Simple sugar icings into which some butter is beaten may also be utilized to advantage in making French pastry of this kind.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4|Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
This construction would give an advantage to the Conservatives.The Reconstruction of Georgia|Edwin C. Woolley
Long before Frances Burney was born, Mr. Crisp had made his entrance into the world, with every advantage.Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)|Thomas Babington Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for advantage
- the point scored after deuce
- the resulting state of the score
- to make good use of
- to impose upon the weakness, good nature, etc, of; abuse
- to seduce
Word Origin for advantage
Word Origin and History for advantage
early 14c., avantage, "position of being in advance of another," from Old French avantage "advantage, profit, superiority," from avant "before," probably via an unrecorded Late Latin *abantaticum, from Latin abante (see advance).
The -d- is a 16c. intrusion on the analogy of Latin ad- words. Meaning "a favoring circumstance" (the opposite of disadvantage) is from late 15c. Tennis score sense is from 1640s, first recorded in writings of John Milton, of all people. Phrase to take advantage of is first attested late 14c.
Idioms and Phrases with advantage
see get the advantage of; show to advantage; take advantage of; to advantage.