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
Related Words for to advantagesuccessfully, well, advantageous, exceedingly, extremely, favorably, fortunately, highly, notably, perfectly, very, remarkably, happily, profitably, swimmingly, auspiciously, conveniently, prosperously
- 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.
see show to advantage.
see get the advantage of; show to advantage; take advantage of; to advantage.