noun ad·van·tage \əd-ˈvan-tij\
: something (such as a good position or condition) that helps to make someone or something better or more likely to succeed than others
: a good or desirable quality or feature
: benefit or gain
: superiority of position or condition <higher ground gave the enemy the advantage>
: a factor or circumstance of benefit to its possessor <lacked the advantages of an education>
a : benefit, gain; especially : benefit resulting from some course of action <a mistake which turned out to our advantage>
b obsolete : interest 2a
: the first point won in tennis after deuce
— to advantage
: so as to produce a favorable impression or effect <wishing to be seen to advantage>
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Examples of ADVANTAGE
- Higher ground gave the enemy the advantage.
- He has an unfair advantage over us because of his wealth.
- His plan has the advantage of being less expensive than other options.
- He lacked the advantages of an advanced education.
- Speed is an advantage in most sports.
- The company's only advantage over the competition is its location.
- Applicants for this job will find that previous experience is an advantage.
- Being able to set your own schedule is one of the advantages of owning a business.
- Among the advantages of a small college is its campus life.
- There isn't any advantage in leaving early.
Origin of ADVANTAGE
Middle English avantage,
from Anglo-French, from avant
before, from Late Latin abante
First Known Use: 1523
Related to ADVANTAGE
- better, bulge, catbird seat, drop, edge, high ground, inside track, jump, pull, stead, upper hand, vantage, whip hand, coign of vantage
- disadvantage, drawback, handicap, liability, minus, penalty, strike
: to give an advantage to : benefit
Examples of ADVANTAGE
- <there's no question that that bicycle racer was significantly advantaged by a great set of genes>
First Known Use of ADVANTAGE
: something that benefits the one it belongs to <Speed is an advantage in sports.>
: the fact of being in a better position or condition <His great height is an advantage in basketball.>
: personal benefit or gain <It's to your own advantage to study.>
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