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 Once dulled, Iorek was taken advantage of by the townsfolk, who stole his armor. Nick Romano,, "His Dark Materials digi-dictionary: Your guide to the HBO series multiverse," 3 Nov. 2019 Everton did take advantage of having an extra man in the seventh minute of added time, and Cenk Tosun powerfully headed home from Lucas Digne's volleyed cross., "Everton 1-1 Tottenham: Cenk Tosun Header Earns a Point as Fixture Is Marred by Andre Gomes Injury," 3 Nov. 2019 Bring your own bag to take advantage of the Fill-A-Bag-Of-Books sale., "Community News For The Windham Edition," 8 Nov. 2019 Will the Owls’ running back unit, which has been beat up for a significant portion of the season, take advantage of FIU? Khobi Price,, "Game time: Fast facts, keys to FAU vs. FIU (Shula Bowl)," 8 Nov. 2019 Thompson’s getting more opportunities than at any point and continues to take advantage. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "4 ‘small victories’ Cleveland Cavaliers can point to early in 2019-20 season," 7 Nov. 2019 This is a major geopolitical victory for China and helps further Beijing’s argument that in 2019, China is the one defending globalization instead of taking advantage of it. Time, "How Trump Gave China a Win on Trade in Southeast Asia," 7 Nov. 2019 Indeed, while everyone on this list was in Iowa for a major dinner last weekend, Gabbard was in New Hampshire taking advantage of the candidate vacuum., "If the New Hampshire Democratic primary were held today, who would win?," 7 Nov. 2019 The Wildcats went ahead 27-14 by taking advantage of a short field. Richard Dean, Houston Chronicle, "Eisenhower edges Dekaney in 1-point victory," 7 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb From Scratch magazine recently used the shape and texture of Boscs to advantage by fanning out partially sliced whole fruit in a mesmerizing galette. Becky Krystal, The Denver Post, "Pears are the unheralded stars of the fall fruit bounty. Here’s how to choose and use them.," 26 Oct. 2019 The Wings were 2-for-20 with the man advantage the first seven games, despite having one power-play unit that features Mantha, Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi, Dennis Cholowski and either Andreas Athanasiou or Taro Hirose. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings' special teams to blame in loss at Calgary: 'Guys have to step up'," 18 Oct. 2019 Since the mid-1970s the rules of the economic game have been rewritten, both globally and nationally, in ways that advantage the rich and disadvantage the rest. Joseph E. Stiglitz, Scientific American, "The American Economy Is Rigged," 1 Nov. 2018 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

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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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11 Nov 2019

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

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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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