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 — see also take advantage of
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

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 That would put Green Bay, which owns the head-to-head tie breaker over Arizona thanks to its win in Glendale earlier this season, at 8-4, giving the Cardinals some more room over the Packers for home-field advantage in the conference postseason. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 24 Nov. 2021 The Beavers break the home-field advantage streak with a double-overtime victory in front of 59,050 fans at Autzen Stadium. oregonlive, 23 Nov. 2021 Through the season’s first half, the N.F.C. was top-heavy with contenders, as up to five teams jostled for home-field advantage in the playoffs. New York Times, 18 Nov. 2021 Jacksonville isn’t playing in London, so no home-field advantage here. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 If the ‘Shoe fits: Only seven Spartans remain who played the last time MSU went to Columbus with a shot at a conference crown on the line, a 48-3 thrashing in 2017 in which OSU dominated the trenches for a commanding 532-195 yardage advantage. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 14 Nov. 2021 But it’s been urged by some Democratic partisans eager for any advantage in next year’s midterm elections — with Democrats defending a narrow majority in the U.S. House. Bryn Stole,, 14 Nov. 2021 But Jordan McCabe and Hamilton each hit 3-pointers between a Donovan Williams layup for a 49-46 advantage, and the Rebels led the rest of the way. San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Nov. 2021 Lakota West was winning the field position battle and was able to get another Bohn field goal for a six-point advantage. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 13 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Did Tiffany ever consider not giving Xander his idol and advantage back? Dalton Ross,, 11 Nov. 2021 The challenge for the Roadrunners was deciding how to balance the Golden Eagles’ numbers advantage in the running game versus the risk of giving standout receiver Jason Brownlee one-on-one coverage on the outside. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Nov. 2021 The group is not required to draw competitive districts but the maps overall can't disproportionately advantage any political party. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 17 Sep. 2021 Trump voters and Republicans who endorse the widespread fraud claim are also likelier than others in their party to say that making voting easier would advantage Democrats electorally. Fred Backus, CBS News, 6 Aug. 2021 The commission is seen as a corrective to gerrymandering, the practice of drawing lines to advantage a political party. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 7 Sep. 2021 After majority Republicans passed plans Democrats thought would unfairly advantage Republicans, House Democrats walked out of the Capitol to prevent Republicans’ effort to override then-Gov. oregonlive, 13 Aug. 2021 Speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday, minority leader Mitch McConnell, Republican from Kentucky, called the legislation a ‘’ridiculous, go-nowhere bill’' written to advantage Democrats over Republicans., 11 Aug. 2021 Advocates for transgender inclusion argue the process of transition decreases that advantage considerably and that physical differences between athletes mean there is never a truly level playing field. NBC News, 21 June 2021

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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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