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

The Jacksonville rookie’s tweener size gives him a distinct advantage on those get-low inside moves that have a potential to blow up shotgun handoffs. Conor Orr,, "Murray, Haskins, Jackson and More: Takeaways From Thursday’s Preseason Games," 16 Aug. 2019 Black squirrels’ continued presence in North America may stem from the thermal advantage offered by their dark-colored coats. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Interspecies Breeding Is Responsible for Some Squirrels’ Black Coloring," 16 Aug. 2019 The Revolution are fully equipped to take advantage, with players such as Carles Gil creating space and Gustavo Bou or Teal Bunbury slipping in. Dan Shulman,, "Revolution’s keys to victory over the Red Bulls," 16 Aug. 2019 And here the architecture lent itself to the protestors’ advantage. C.r., The Economist, "Why Hong Kong’s Airport was a good target for protesters," 16 Aug. 2019 The other part of the scheduling idea? The Dolphins play three of their first four games at home in the September heat that gives them as big a home-field advantage as any team has. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde5: Will this scheduling note play into Dolphins’ QB decision?," 15 Aug. 2019 But that advantage disappears if the economy goes south. NBC News, "Choppy economic waters complicate 2020 picture for Trump," 15 Aug. 2019 With one less day between the first and second round, the six teams postponed Thursday lose a potential advantage on the rest of the field in terms of keeping pitchers eligible. Tom Robinson / Special To The Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "LLWS: Coon Rapids/Andover players hit the rec center and theater after rainout," 15 Aug. 2019 But new listings have declined at the same time, keeping buyers in competition with one another and sellers at an advantage., "Portland metro home sales pick up in July as mortgage rates tumble," 14 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Many activists like Vickers continue to suspect that party insiders will use their mastery of bylaws and organizational structure to advantage former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 race. Evan Halper,, "As first debate nears, Democratic National Committee is still wrestling with demons of 2016," 24 June 2019 The evidence suggests that Dr. Hofeller was motivated to recommend the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census to advantage Republicans by diminishing Hispanics’ political power. Cristian Farias, The New Yorker, "Is There Racist Intent Behind the Census Citizenship Question?," 26 June 2019 As Philip Ewing explained at NPR, this could advantage the FBI in several ways: Investigators might glean details from people involved that aren’t yet in the public eye. German Lopez, Vox, "The FBI’s limited investigation into the Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations, explained," 3 Oct. 2018

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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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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