[ ad-van-tij, -vahn- ]
/ ædˈvæn tɪdʒ, -ˈvɑn- /
any state, circumstance, opportunity, or means specially favorable to success, interest, or any desired end: the advantage of a good education.
benefit; gain; profit: It will be to his advantage to learn Chinese before going to China.
superiority or ascendancy (often followed by over or of): His height gave him an advantage over his opponent.
a position of superiority (often followed by over or of): their advantage in experienced players.
Tennis. the first point scored after deuce.
verb (used with object), ad·van·taged, ad·van·taging.
to be of service to; yield profit or gain to; benefit.
to cause to advance; further; promote: Such action will advantage our cause.
to prove beneficial to; profit: It would advantage him to work harder.
- 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.
have the advantage of, to be in a superior or advantageous position; possess an advantage over: By virtue of independent wealth, he has the advantage of his opponents.
take advantage of,
to advantage, to good effect; advantageously: The paintings were arranged to advantage on one wall.
Origin of advantage
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 to advantage
/ (ədˈvɑːntɪdʒ) /
(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)
- the point scored after deuce
- the resulting state of the score
take advantage of
- to make good use of
- to impose upon the weakness, good nature, etc, of; abuse
- 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Idioms and Phrases with to advantage (1 of 2)
see show to advantage.
Idioms and Phrases with to advantage (2 of 2)
see get the advantage of; show to advantage; take advantage of; to advantage.
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