ad·​van·​tage | \ əd-ˈvan-tij How to pronounce advantage (audio) \

Definition of advantage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : superiority of position or condition Higher ground gave the enemy the advantage.
2 : a factor or circumstance of benefit to its possessor lacked the advantages of an education
3a : benefit, gain especially : benefit resulting from some course of action a mistake which turned out to our advantage
b obsolete : interest sense 3a
4 : 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


advantaged; advantaging

Definition of advantage (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give an advantage to : benefit Government does not know how to strengthen all families, and no public policy avoids advantaging some families while implicitly asking others to wait in the queue.— Martin Neil Baily

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Examples of advantage in a Sentence

Noun 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. Verb there's no question that that bicycle racer was significantly advantaged by a great set of genes
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Barn won't be rocking this season, but homecourt advantage could be non-existent across the college hoops landscape during the pandemic. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, "Gophers men's and women's hoops expect to allow 'few to no fans' at home this season," 13 Nov. 2020 That’s just one advantage the Browns should be able to exploit this Sunday. cleveland, "Diving into Browns-Texans and matchups to watch on Gotta Watch The Tape - An Orange and Brown Talk Special Edition," 13 Nov. 2020 Armstrong said the weather in the area this time of year offers an advantage and an incentive for players to get back in town and work out together. Jose M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, "GM Bill Armstrong, Arizona Coyotes press on with business as offseason wears on," 13 Nov. 2020 Mariemont’s defense seemed impenetrable throughout the night as the Wheelersburg attack offered minimal threats to the Warriors’ two-goal advantage. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, "High school boys soccer: Mariemont blanks Wheelersburg, 5-0, for state DIII title berth," 12 Nov. 2020 Another advantage for Ford: a network of more than 600 commercial vehicle service and maintenance locations, 90% of which are being equipped for electric vehicles. Russ Mitchell Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Ford courts fleet buyers with new electric commercial vans," 12 Nov. 2020 Ragland didn’t want to make excuses about the lack of homefield advantage or stadium energy with hardly any fans in attendance because of COVID-19 restrictions. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Reggie Ragland: Detroit Lions’ defense needs to take control, stop BS-ing," 11 Nov. 2020 Republicans hold a 59-16 advantage in the Utah House, which is a supermajority. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Four Utah House seats remain too close to call," 11 Nov. 2020 To be sure, mobility is of little advantage when almost no in-person concerts are taking place and few people are willing to pay to see events online. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Two Thriving String Quartets," 10 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The case against Google focuses on the company’s use of its dominant share of the search market to entrench its own position, advantage its own products, and take over other markets like maps and advertising. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Congress Unveils Its Plan to Curb Big Tech's Power," 6 Oct. 2020 White people control our government systems and institutions in every sector, from law enforcement and education to health care and the media, leading to laws and policies that can advantage white people while disadvantaging everyone else. Abigail Libers, Scientific American, "How to Unlearn Racism," 1 Oct. 2020 The 2018 law requiring corporations to add women to boards did not advantage women of color, with nearly 78% of the women appointed to these boards are white women, the association said. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "New California law, the first of its kind, requires racial diversity on corporate boards of directors," 1 Oct. 2020 But even streamlining bureaucracy will prove insufficient to compete with the vast investments China is making in emerging dual-use technologies that will advantage its data economy and its military capabilities. H. R. Mcmaster, National Review, "China’s Statist System Is No Match for Free Markets," 24 Sep. 2020 The report says the national landscape will most likely advantage Parson. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Top elections analyst says Democrat's chances in Missouri governor's race are improving," 17 Sep. 2020 Justice Department policy directs prosecutors to not take investigative actions aimed at affecting an election, or that could advantage or disadvantage a candidate. Eric Tucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Ex-FBI lawyer to plead guilty in Trump-Russia probe review," 15 Aug. 2020 Leaders should beware of professional development requirements that mandate out-of-pocket expenditures or unpaid work, which advantage those with access to additional resources. Richard J. Reddick, Fortune, "We can’t breathe at work, either: John Henryism and the health impact of racism," 19 June 2020 Having succeeded in taking control, Trump could conceivably seek to influence or disrupt postal operations to advantage his reëlection. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Attack on Voting by Mail," 30 May 2020

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First Known Use of advantage


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1549, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for advantage


alteration (with initial a- taken as assimilated form of Latin ad- ad-) of Middle English avauntage, borrowed from Anglo-French avantage, from avant "before" (going back to Latin abante) + -age -age — more at advance entry 1


alteration (after advantage entry 1) of Middle English avauntagen, borrowed from Anglo-French avauntager, verbal derivative of avauntage, avantage advantage entry 1

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The first known use of advantage was in the 15th century

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16 Nov 2020

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“Advantage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of advantage

: 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


ad·​van·​tage | \ əd-ˈvan-tij How to pronounce advantage (audio) \

Kids Definition of advantage

1 : something that benefits the one it belongs to Speed is an advantage in sports.
2 : the fact of being in a better position or condition His great height is an advantage in basketball.
3 : personal benefit or gain It's to your own advantage to study.

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