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take advantage of

Definition of take advantage of

  1. 1 :  to use (something, such as an opportunity) in a way that helps one :  make good use of (something) <We took advantage of the warm weather and did some yard work.> <You should take (full) advantage of this opportunity to travel.>

  2. 2 :  to ask for or expect more than is fair or reasonable from (someone) :  to treat (someone who is generous or helpful) unfairly <After a while, I began to think she was taking advantage of me.>

  3. 3 :  to use (something) unfairly for personal gain <He took advantage of my lack of knowledge.> <She took advantage of our generosity.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (as fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  something that is taken:

    :  the amount of money received :  proceeds, receipts, income

    :  share, cut

  1. :  superiority of position or condition

    :  a factor or circumstance of benefit to its possessor

    :  benefit, gain

  1. :  to give an advantage to :  benefit

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