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 Investors flocked to big technology companies such as Apple and Amazon and smaller companies like Grubhub and Etsy that were poised to take advantage of the shift to working and shopping from home. Damian J. Troise, USA TODAY, "Stocks waver near record highs on final trading day of 2020 after a year of wild swings," 1 Jan. 2021 Powell, who has parked his trailer there since 1998, says the property owner, Crowley Capital, is shutting down the park in hopes of redeveloping it to take advantage of Teton County’s booming real estate market. Washington Post, "Six portraits from a year defined by loss," 30 Dec. 2020 These things combined mean that businesses are going to need their people thinking with maximum creativity in order to take advantage of all that opportunity. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "As 2020 Limps to an End, Ad Executives Look Warily to 2021," 30 Dec. 2020 Take advantage of historically low interest rates and consider refinancing your home mortgage or student loan. Harriet Blake, Dallas News, "New Year’s resolutions? Here’s how to make them stick in 2021," 29 Dec. 2020 On the positive side, women, particularly mothers and caregivers, are highly likely to take advantage of this option. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "Will working women recover in 2021? Six experts share their predictions," 28 Dec. 2020 The new year brings with it a number of money-saving offers in Cane Island, the award-winning Katy community of new homes, where for a limited time families can take advantage of free upgrades, money back at closing, and other special incentives. Chron, "Cane Island builders to ring in new year with special offers," 26 Dec. 2020 Aloha and mahalo: A wave of Bay Area residents have landed in Hawaii to take advantage of pandemic remote-work policies. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Dec. 10-16," 26 Dec. 2020 According to a new study from Freedom House, the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating the global crisis of liberal democracy as covetous autocrats take advantage of the emergency to expand their powers. Ian Beacock, The New Republic, "Simply Talking About the Pandemic the Right Way Can Help Rebuild American Democracy," 24 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Boyer, who works at WZDX-TV, also is using his background in theater and television to advantage. Mary Colurso |, al, "Santas in Alabama need a little extra magic this year (and maybe a plexiglass shield)," 22 Dec. 2020 In explaining these findings, researchers often point to patterns within society that advantage white people over racial and ethnic minorities. George B. Cunningham, The Conversation, "Racism at the county level associated with increased COVID-19 cases and deaths," 7 Dec. 2020 The pandemic has claimed more than two hundred and forty thousand American lives, yet Trump has failed to see that his duty as President requires him to prioritize the safety of all citizens, even when this may not advantage him politically. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, "What Does Trump Get Out of Contesting Biden’s Win?," 15 Nov. 2020 The case against Google focuses on the company’s use of its dominant share of the search market to entrench its own position, advantage its own products, and take over other markets like maps and advertising. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Congress Unveils Its Plan to Curb Big Tech's Power," 6 Oct. 2020 White people control our government systems and institutions in every sector, from law enforcement and education to health care and the media, leading to laws and policies that can advantage white people while disadvantaging everyone else. Abigail Libers, Scientific American, "How to Unlearn Racism," 1 Oct. 2020 The 2018 law requiring corporations to add women to boards did not advantage women of color, with nearly 78% of the women appointed to these boards are white women, the association said. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "New California law, the first of its kind, requires racial diversity on corporate boards of directors," 1 Oct. 2020 But even streamlining bureaucracy will prove insufficient to compete with the vast investments China is making in emerging dual-use technologies that will advantage its data economy and its military capabilities. H. R. Mcmaster, National Review, "China’s Statist System Is No Match for Free Markets," 24 Sep. 2020 The report says the national landscape will most likely advantage Parson. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Top elections analyst says Democrat's chances in Missouri governor's race are improving," 17 Sep. 2020

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

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9 Jan 2021

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“Advantage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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