Definition of advantage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ədˈvan(t)ij/


1A condition or circumstance that puts one in a favorable or superior position: companies with a computerized database are at an advantage she had an advantage over her mother’s generation
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  • Women manifestly have the ability to detect rivals and to employ a variety of tactics to place themselves at an advantage over them.
  • That puts me at an advantage over any other physique, large or small.
  • Some of these individuals might be at an advantage over their predecessors, because they might be more able to adapt to new conditions.
upper hand, edge, lead, whip hand, trump card;
superiority, dominance, ascendancy, supremacy, power, mastery
informal inside track, catbird seat
1.1The opportunity to gain something; benefit or profit: you could learn something to your advantage he saw some advantage in the proposal
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  • If the opportunities to gain advantage from automation are largely gone, the remaining frontier is innovation.
  • The way in which the deregulation was done was faulty; it allowed interest seeking traders to take advantage to their own profit.
  • By having the bodywork lower, it is possible to take advantage of the ‘ground effect’ and gain some slight speed advantage.
benefit, profit, gain, good
informal mileage
1.2A favorable or desirable circumstance or feature; a benefit: the village’s proximity to the town is an advantage
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  • A set of regulations should also be set up to support academic fields in which Taiwan has advantages or special features.
  • This feature offers distinct advantages over the one-way system, but also at a higher cost.
  • This feature will have advantages for customers in the pharmaceutical industry, where speed is critical.
benefit, value, good point, strong point, asset, plus, bonus, boon, blessing, virtue;
attraction, beauty, usefulness, helpfulness, convenience, advantageousness, profit
1.3 Tennis A player’s score in a game when they have won the first point after deuce (and will win the game if they win the next point).
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  • Henman races to three set points but Udomchoke gets a stay of execution as the Briton lets slip his advantage for deuce.
  • Is it 30 all, deuce, advantage to them or set point to me?


[with object]
Put in a favorable or more favorable position.
Example sentences
  • Are we simply caught in a spiral here that will be destructive of our interests while, obviously, significantly advantaging theirs?
  • National's scheme, by contrast, is aimed at further advantaging those who are already advantaged.
  • It has the effect of unfairly disadvantaging some individuals and communities, while unfairly advantaging other individuals and communities.



have the advantage of

dated Be in a stronger position than.
Example sentences
  • Drunk or not, I still had the advantage of position, and catching him off guard.
  • Of course, the position had the advantage of forcing Mitch, Sara and Mike closer to the door.
  • He had the advantage of having positions supported by a majority of the country, after all.

take advantage of

1Make unfair demands on (someone) who cannot or will not resist; exploit or make unfair use of for one’s own benefit: people tend to take advantage of a placid nature
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  • It was more likely that they were simply taking advantage of, exploiting, if you will, mistakes that had been made by others and that had gone undetected.
  • In other words, he is taking advantage of, or exploiting, the local people and their customs in the furtherance of his own career.
  • Foreign investors want to take advantage of all the benefits above.
1.1 dated (Used euphemistically) seduce.
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  • His role has become that of an evil seducer taking advantage of a virginal heroine. They claim, in true soap style, he is only after her money.
  • A trusted family member violated and took advantage of you.
2Make good use of the opportunities offered by (something): take full advantage of the facilities available
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  • We're delighted to see that more girls are taking advantage of the opportunities on offer to play the game.
  • I spent a lot of the time being miserable, not fitting in, not taking advantage of the superb opportunities offered.
  • I hope you realise that, as busy as you believe you are, you must take advantage of this opportunity on offer.

to advantage

In a way that displays or makes good use of the best aspects of something: her shoes showed off her legs to advantage plan your space to its best advantage
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  • Tharoor's deft and incisive mind is displayed to advantage in the piece on Nirad Chaudhari.
  • Chicago is 25 miles long and 10 miles wide, and its flat and spacious setting allows architects to display their genius to advantage.
  • But before I uttered a word, I realized that these pictures could not be displayed to advantage in daytime.

turn something to advantage (or to one's advantage)

Handle or respond to something in such a way as to benefit from it.
Example sentences
  • With the wind to their advantage the home-side supporters hoped Rangers would turn this game to their advantage.
  • But it is one thing getting those breaks, and it is another turning them to your advantage as the Armagh forwards did.
  • Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of jobs moving overseas, we should be concentrating on turning any threats to our advantage.


Middle English: from Old French avantage, from avant 'in front', from late Latin abante (see advance).

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Syllabification: ad·van·tage

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