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ad·​van·​tage əd-ˈvan-tij How to pronounce advantage (audio)
: superiority of position or condition
Higher ground gave the enemy the advantage.
: a factor or circumstance of benefit to its possessor
lacked the advantages of an education
: benefit, gain
especially : benefit resulting from some course of action
a mistake which turned out to our advantage
see also take advantage of
obsolete : interest sense 3a
: the first point won in tennis after deuce


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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
to advantage
: so as to produce a favorable impression or effect
wishing to be seen to advantage

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Additionally, companies will work to mitigate the risk of proprietary data influencing external models, thus conceding competitive advantages while attempting to optimize their business processes. John Hergert, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Candidates simply will go through the motions — the Republican with hardly any money from political investors and the Democrat with campaign cash to spare and a 2-to-1 voter registration advantage. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2024 Sacramento ended the first period with a 17-9 rebounding advantage, but Los Angeles led 28-25 after shooting 52.2% while holding the Kings to 39.3%. Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee, 26 Feb. 2024 Menlo was unable to protect a 49-40 advantage heading to the fourth quarter as Carmel staged a rally to win the Division IV title at Mission College. Nathan Canilao, The Mercury News, 25 Feb. 2024 But people harbor misconceptions about them, including the following: Failing to understand the basics The accounts are popular but likely could appeal to more people if the advantages were more widely understood. The Arizona Republic, 25 Feb. 2024 The Anteaters ultimately held Long Beach to 25% from the field in the first half en route to building a 41-24 advantage at the break. Dan Arritt, Orange County Register, 25 Feb. 2024 The home-state advantage wasn't there for Nikki Haley Saturday in the 2024 South Carolina Republican primary. Jennifer De Pinto, CBS News, 24 Feb. 2024 Olympian raced to a 15-4 lead and maintained at least a nine-point advantage through the rest of a 26-14 first half. Jim Lindgren, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Feb. 2024
If governance is to be judged by the opportunities offered to the least advantaged then this is an indictment on the management of the English game. Zak Garner-Purkis, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 If the Niners’ secondary — which should have a numbers advantage all game — hawks his throws, which have impressive power and accuracy given his poor throwing base, but can often sail, that’s a problem for the Packers. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 19 Jan. 2024 The deal uptick reflects expectations, particularly in North America, that while oil and gas will continue to play a significant role in the energy mix for some time, cost and capital pressures will advantage bigger operators. Andrea Guerzoni, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 That one-two shuffle — wherein the motion picture industry gets rocked by a shock to the system, followed by an adaptation that not only meets the challenge but turns it to advantage — set a pattern for Hollywood’s crisis management forever after. Thomas Doherty, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Dec. 2023 The administration is forgoing a chance to lower tariffs and strengthen labor and environmental standards on imports, thereby directly advantaging China: in 2021, China applied for admission to the TPP in the United States’ place. Kori Schake, Foreign Affairs, 4 Dec. 2023 That may seem odd, but what is often left unsaid in discussions of Wisconsin maps is that the islands are not random parcels created by mapmakers to advantage Republicans at the behest of a Republican legislature. Megan O’Matz, ProPublica, 17 Nov. 2023 That is likely to advantage Haley, per Ed Lee, director of Emory University's Alben W. Barkley Forum for Debate, Deliberation, and Dialogue. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, 8 Nov. 2023 Without leadership from policymakers and educators, this revolution will still happen, but the benefits will go disproportionately to the students who are already advantaged. Steven Levitt, Fortune, 13 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1549, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Advantage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the fact of being in a better position or condition
gain the advantage
: something that helps the one it belongs to
speed is an advantage in sports

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