Verb advantage Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


advantage (third-person singular simple present advantages, present participle advantaging, simple past and past participle advantaged)

  1. (transitive) To provide (someone) with an advantage, to give an edge to.
  2. (reflexive) To do something for one's own benefit; to take advantage of.

More definition:

1.any state, circumstance, opportunity, or means specially favorable to success, interest, or any desired end, the advantage of a good education.

2.benefit; gain; profit, It will be to his advantage to learn Chinese before going to China.

3.superiority or ascendancy (often followed by over or of), His height gave him an advantage over his opponent.

4.a position of superiority (often followed by over or of), their advantage in experienced players.

5.Tennis. the first point scored after deuce. be of service to; yield profit or gain to; benefit. cause to advance; further; promote, Such action will advantage our cause. prove beneficial to; profit, It would advantage him to work harder.

9.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.

10.take advantage of, to make use of for gain, to take advantage of an impose upon, especially unfairly, as by exploiting a weakness, to take advantage of someone. 1 advantage, to good effect; advantageously, The paintings were arranged to advantage on one wall.

1. often foll by over or of. superior or more favourable position or power, he had an advantage over me because of his experience

2. benefit or profit (esp in the phrase to one's advantage)

3. (tennis) the point scored after deuce the resulting state of the score

4. take advantage of to make good use of to impose upon the weakness, good nature, etc, of; abuse to seduce

5. to advantage, to good effect, he used his height to advantage at the game

6. you have the advantage of me, you know me but I do not know you Word OriginC14, 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 advanceCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.
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Did he arrange to have Alex out of the way, or was he simply taking advantage of the situation?

We took full advantage of our opportunity.

Darkyn said my weakness is being taken advantage of by others.

Darkyn said my weakness is being taken advantage of by others.

She needed to put more effort into taking advantage of life while she could.

We have taken the land advantage, which is all that matters.

The lighting was sparse, which created an advantage for Jackson.

He fell in behind them, taking advantage of the quieter air in their wake and kept pace with them.

He was taking advantage of the fact that she was crazy about him ... or at least had been.

Maybe his will was too weak, and the demon took advantage of him.

The sacred college had grown especially worldly and troublesome since the time of Sixtus IV., and Leo took advantage of a plot of several of its members to poison him, not only to inflict exemplary punishments by executing one and imprisoning several others, but also to make a radical change in the college.

If a machine can do it, then the task does not take advantage of anything that makes people different from machines.

An afternoon sufficed to lay out the land into orchard, wood-lot, and pasture, and to decide what fine oaks or pines should be left to stand before the door, and whence each blasted tree could be seen to the best advantage; and then I let it lie, fallow, perchance, for a man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.

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