advantage

[ ad-van-tij, -vahn- ]
/ ædˈvæn tɪdʒ, -ˈvɑn- /
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noun

verb (used with object), ad·van·taged, ad·van·taging.


Nearby words

  1. advanced standing,
  2. advancement,
  3. advancement flap,
  4. advancer,
  5. advances,
  6. advantage court,
  7. advantaged,
  8. advantageous,
  9. advect,
  10. advection

Idioms

Origin of advantage

1300–50; Middle English ava(u)ntage < Anglo-French, Old French avantage, equivalent to avant before (see advance) + -age -age; for ad- see advance

Synonym study

2. Advantage, benefit, profit all mean something that is of use or value. Advantage is anything that places one in an improved position, especially in coping with competition or difficulties: It is to one's advantage to have traveled widely. Benefit is anything that promotes the welfare or improves the state of a person or group: a benefit to society. Profit is any valuable, useful, or helpful gain: profit from trade or experience.

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British Dictionary definitions for advantage

advantage

/ (ədˈvɑːntɪdʒ) /

noun

(often foll by over or of) superior or more favourable position or powerhe had an advantage over me because of his experience
benefit or profit (esp in the phrase to one's advantage)
tennis
  1. the point scored after deuce
  2. the resulting state of the score
take advantage of
  1. to make good use of
  2. to impose upon the weakness, good nature, etc, of; abuse
  3. to seduce
to advantage to good effecthe used his height to advantage at the game
you have the advantage of me you know me but I do not know you

Word Origin for advantage

C14: avantage (later altered to advantage on the model of words beginning with Latin ad-), from Old French avant before, from Latin abante from before, away. See advance

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Word Origin and History for advantage

advantage

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with advantage

advantage

see get the advantage of; show to advantage; take advantage of; to advantage.

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