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
Synonyms 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
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.
take advantage of
Put to good use; avail oneself of; also, profit selfishly by, exploit. For example, Let's take advantage of the good weather and go hiking, or They really take advantage of her good nature, getting her to do all the disagreeable chores. [Late 1300s]
see get the advantage of; show to advantage; take advantage of; to advantage.