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advantage

noun ad·van·tage \ əd-ˈvan-tij \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of advantage

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
3 a :benefit, gain; especially :benefit resulting from some course of action
  • a mistake which turned out to our advantage
b obsolete :interest 2a
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

Examples of advantage in a Sentence

  1. Higher ground gave the enemy the advantage.

  2. He has an unfair advantage over us because of his wealth.

  3. His plan has the advantage of being less expensive than other options.

  4. He lacked the advantages of an advanced education.

  5. Speed is an advantage in most sports.

  6. The company's only advantage over the competition is its location.

  7. Applicants for this job will find that previous experience is an advantage.

  8. Being able to set your own schedule is one of the advantages of owning a business.

  9. Among the advantages of a small college is its campus life.

  10. There isn't any advantage in leaving early.

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Origin and Etymology of 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 1advance


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advantage

verb

Definition of advantage

advantaged; advantaging
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

  1. there's no question that that bicycle racer was significantly advantaged by a great set of genes

Recent Examples of advantage from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of advantage

alteration (after 1advantage) of Middle English avauntagen, borrowed from Anglo-French avauntager, verbal derivative of avauntage, avantage 1advantage

advantage Synonyms



ADVANTAGE Defined for English Language Learners

advantage

noun

Definition of advantage for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

advantage

noun ad·van·tage \ əd-ˈvan-tij \

Definition of advantage for Students

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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