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


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.


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

In week 3, USA’s tribunal — made up of Josh Martinez, Laurel Stucky and Zach Nichols — took advantage of the season’s twist and threw in their own teammate, Bergmann, to compete against U.K.’s Stephen Bear. Breanne L. Heldman,, "The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2: Laurel Stucky and Cara Maria Sorbello's Feud Is Heating Up," 17 Sep. 2019 While the Blazers were able to take advantage of an off week, South Alabama was on the receiving end of a 42-6 loss at home to Memphis. Evan Dudley, al, "'Bragging rights on the line’: Blazers host South Alabama on Saturday," 17 Sep. 2019 Syracuse might not be able to take advantage of that brief Clemson swoon — nor will anyone else on the rest of the Tigers' schedule, which is unimpressive — but an Alabama could. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Clemson remains team to beat for the national championship," 16 Sep. 2019 The Rams took advantage of that short field, following the nine-yard loss caused by the defense, to have no trouble consuming the 21 yards. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Senior Rams reach TIFI’s halfway mark with 16-6 win over Sharks," 16 Sep. 2019 Attempting to hold onto the second wild-card spot, the Chicago Cubs took advantage of their offensive opportunities Monday. Bobby Nightengale,, "Cincinnati Reds officially eliminated from the postseason after loss to Chicago Cubs," 16 Sep. 2019 Washington and Arizona regained their footing thanks, in part, to game-plans that took advantage of strengths (imagine that). Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Saturday Night Five: USC stumbles, UCLA rolls over (again), ASU goes bowling (trust us) and has anybody seen Stanford," 15 Sep. 2019 This can help families avoid being taken advantage of while grieving, Johnson said. oregonlive, "State inspections of funeral homes fall short in Oregon," 15 Sep. 2019 To get the most out of their experience, Students need to be flexible in responding to unforeseen situations and in taking advantage of unexpected opportunities. National Geographic, "Terms & Conditions," 15 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

His brilliance in getting out of tight spaces and opposition pressing with his flawless trickery and touch gave Bayern a huge numbers advantage in their attack last season, which resulted in a huge number of chances being created., "Bayern Munich: Schalke May Have Been Dispatched But Die Roten Must Improve to Retain Bundesliga," 25 Aug. 2019 The European Union’s anti-monopoly authority opened a formal investigation on Wednesday into whether Amazon unfairly uses its power to advantage itself at the expense of merchants and product manufacturers that rely on the e-commerce site for sales. Washington Post, "Amazon’s Self-Interest Opens Up Its Books a Crack," 19 July 2019 And critics complained of a caste system that advantaged Carmen students over ALBA's and Pulaski's. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A tug of war over who gets to use a single Milwaukee classroom spills into the streets," 30 Aug. 2019 The league is advantaged by the fact that lawsuits brought by disappointed fans have historically failed. Michael Mccann,, "Roger Goodell Under Oath: No-Call Lawsuit Means Deposition for Commissioner," 30 July 2019 The formula upon which the reimbursement is set systematically advantages insurers at the expense of doctors and providers. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Drug prices remain stubborn (7/27/19)," 28 July 2019 Ultimately gerrymandering comes down to a question of intent: Were the people in charge of the boundaries deliberately trying to advantage one party or another? Washington Post, "What is gerrymandering and why is it problematic?," 27 June 2019 The European Union’s anti-monopoly authority opened a formal investigation Wednesday into whether Amazon unfairly uses its power to advantage itself at the expense of merchants and product manufacturers that rely on the e-commerce site for sales. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Amazon lets us understand it — and Prime Day — a little better," 18 July 2019 There are tax and general corporate law advantages to using such foundations, particularly if the organization is not primarily dependent on receiving tax-deductible contributions from U.S. persons, as will be the case for Libra. Timothy Massad, Fortune, "Is Facebook Libra a Betrayal of Satoshi Nakamoto’s Vision?," 15 July 2019

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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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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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to fake an opponent out of position

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