advantage

noun
ad·​van·​tage | \əd-ˈvan-tij \

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

advantage

verb
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

Hermansen designed the hut to take advantage of the outdoors. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "96-square-foot pavilion is the ultimate rustic studio," 6 Dec. 2018 In some species, males figure out who their own offspring are and look after them, giving their own genes an advantage. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Gorillas that are great with kids are also luckier in love," 18 Oct. 2018 Nick, unfortunately ends up being a major creep, one who attempts to take advantage of both Veronica and Cheryl. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything That Happened On "Riverdale" Season 2," 8 Oct. 2018 This gives a distinct advantage to the side which is harder to locate. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Science of Russia's New Silent Sniper Rifle," 29 Aug. 2018 Croatia’s fatigue factor, plus France’s raw talent — the defensive pairing of Barcelona star Samuel Umtiti and Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane give Les Blues an advantage — make France the safer pick. Sean Gregory, Time, "32 Teams Entered, 2 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Final," 13 July 2018 Daly got in behind the Pride’s back line and put a shot past Ashlyn Harris to give the Dash an early advantage. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride falls 3-1 to host Houston Dash," 12 July 2018 The year Donnelly was elected senator, Tippecanoe County also went with Republican Mitt Romney for president — four years after giving Obama an 11 percentage point advantage over John McCain in 2008. Seth Slabaugh, Indianapolis Star, "Sen. Joe Donnelly needs to keep his pro-Trump voters. But can he?," 12 July 2018 The same tight go-kart course that tripped up the Expedition gave the nimble X2 a huge advantage. Tom Voelk, New York Times, "26 Vehicles Played in the Mud. Here’s the Dirt.," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One of the arguments that Silicon Valley companies make is that the government advantages Chinese companies. Eric Johnson, Recode, "If they don’t want to lose their jobs to a machine, doctors will need to become compassionate ‘human connectors’," 17 Sep. 2018 The latter, advantaged in Congress by the seniority system, worked with Republicans to bottle up legislative proposals for civil rights and labor reform. Sam Rosenfeld, Vox, "The Democratic Party is moving steadily leftward. So why does the left still distrust it?," 22 June 2018 The turnout disparity suggests partisan enthusiasm doesn’t uniformly advantage Democrats and may vary from state to state. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Don’t Write Off the Republicans Yet," 9 May 2018 Children in wealthy private schools or affluent public schools should not get a head start and advantage in the new economy because their school has more money. Amy Chance, sacbee, "'Not all machines are evil,' and other thoughts on California's changing economy," 2 July 2018 Majority groups that have been unfairly advantaged for too long see any even minute reduction in that unfair advantage as an all-out attack. David Yang And Nimit Maru, Recode, "We need more women in tech in order to get more women in tech," 21 June 2018 Gerrymandering — drawing district lines to advantage one party — is a practice that both sides across the country have engaged in over the decades. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin redistricting: Here's what you need to know about imminent Supreme Court ruling," 13 June 2018 This is gonna be a continent-by-continent game and some businesses are gonna be advantaged on one continent versus another. Matthew Belloni, The Hollywood Reporter, "AT&T’s John Stankey Talks WarnerMedia Plans, Netflix Spending, DC Movies and CNN Politics," 18 June 2018 But the Chinese have resisted pressure to cut their trade surplus with the U.S. in half and have done little to make structural changes in a system that advantages Chinese companies and compels American firms to surrender intellectual property. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "For Trump, the Challenges From China Multiply," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of advantage

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1549, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for advantage

Noun

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

Verb

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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advantage

noun

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

advantage

noun
ad·​van·​tage | \əd-ˈvan-tij \

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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