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 — see also take advantage of
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

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: Noun Take advantage of this offer, a win-win for both you and your new pet. The Arizona Republic, 6 May 2022 The house is being designed to take advantage of Gulf of Mexico views. Libertina Brandt, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Natural gas traders typically take advantage of lower prices in the spring and summer to put gas into storage, but the current high prices could create a knock-on effect to keep prices elevated through the end of the year. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 5 May 2022 Situated close to Mount Sunapee State Park on Lake Sunapee and adjacent to Vail's Mount Sunapee Ski Resort, the 53-room hotel is a great base camp for visitors looking to take advantage of the region’s year-round activities. Everett Potter, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Throughout the home, French doors open to outdoor living areas that take full advantage of beachy views and warm sea breezes. Sally Finder Weepie, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2022 Contractors, eager to take advantage of Germany’s newfound military commitments, are adopting a can-do attitude. New York Times, 5 May 2022 Take advantage of the deals all day and the bar special from 5-11 p.m. May 4 at 5421 International Drive in Orlando. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 4 May 2022 Council member Arlyn Bradshaw expressed approval of the plan during the meeting, saying the county should take advantage of the federal funding. Blake Apgar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ryan Ha, founder of Dreamy DC — whose contractors charge a fee for a motivational speech, followed by a gift of marijuana — said the new legislation would advantage some businesses at the expense of many others. Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2022 But the state legislature approved a map this month that analysts said would likely retain Republicans’ edge in the state’s congressional delegation but wouldn’t advantage Republicans as much as the governor’s proposal would. Alexa Corse, WSJ, 29 Mar. 2022 However, this time around, Anchorage seized the numbers advantage on several of their power play opportunities to explode for three unanswered goals led by Albers and capped off by Hunter Schmitz. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Apr. 2022 In one stretch James fell and slid on his back while running back on defense in the third quarter, the Clippers quickly used their numbers advantage to find Ivica Zubac all alone under the hoop for a dunk. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2022 And more states are having maps drawn by courts or by nonpartisan and bipartisan commissions than in previous decades, reducing the number of districts drawn to intentionally advantage one party. New York Times, 10 Mar. 2022 Perhaps counterintuitively, shorter reading sections also advantage higher-income students and districts. Jeva Lange, The Week, 26 Jan. 2022 Opponents of gerrymandering – the practice of politicians who draw voting boundaries to advantage themselves politically – have heralded the work of Michigan's inaugural redistricting commission and its efforts to draw fair maps. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 8 Feb. 2022 But Trump’s party has shown no reluctance to revise the rules of voting to advantage Republicans before 2022’s midterms and 2024’s presidential election. Steven Rosenfeld, The New Republic, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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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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