Definition of advantage in English:


Line breaks: ad¦van|tage
Pronunciation: /ədˈvɑːntɪdʒ



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  • Put in a favourable or superior position.
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    • 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.
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  • 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

  • 1Exploit 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.
    exploit, abuse, impose on, prey on, play on, misuse, ill-treat, bleed, suck dry, squeeze, wring, enslave, treat unfairly, withhold rights from; manipulate, cheat, swindle, fleece, victimize, live off the backs of
    informal walk (all) over, take for a ride, put one over on, cash in on, rip off
  • 1.1 dated (Of a man) seduce (a woman): he used his position to take advantage of women
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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: 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.
    make use of, utilize, put to use, use, use to good advantage, turn/put to good use, make the most of, capitalize on, benefit from, turn to account, draw on; profit from/by, make capital out of
    informal cash in on, milk

to advantage

In a way which 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: they dominated the first half of the game but failed to turn it to advantage
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  • 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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