- often followed by over or of: superior or more favourable position or power
- benefit or profit (esp in the phrase to one's advantage)
- the point scored after deuce
- take advantage of ⇒ to make good use of
- to impose upon the weakness, good nature, etc, of; abuse
- to seduce
- to advantage ⇒ to good effect
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
- circumstance, opportunity, etc., that is very favorable to success[countable]the advantages of a good education.
- [uncountable] benefit; gain; profit: It will be to your advantage to study Chinese.
- a position of superiority or ascendancy[countable]Knowledge of foreign policy gave the candidate an advantage.
v. [~ + object]
- to benefit:How will this advantage you at work?
- to make use of for gain: to take advantage of an opportunity.
- to impose upon, esp. unfairly, as by exploiting a weakness:You took unfair advantage of our friendship.
ad•van•ta•geous/ˌædvənˈteɪdʒəs/USA pronunciation adj.
n., v., -taged, -taging.
- any state, circumstance, opportunity, or means specially favorable to success, interest, or any desired end:the advantage of a good education.
- benefit; gain;
profit:It will be to his advantage to learn Chinese before going to China.
- superiority or ascendancy (often fol. by over or of ):His height gave him an advantage over his opponent.
- a position of superiority (often fol. by over or of ):their advantage in experienced players.
- Sport[Tennis.]the first point scored after deuce.
- have the advantage of, to be in a superior or advantageous position; possess an advantage over:By virtue of independent wealth, he has the advantage of his opponents.
- to make use of for gain:to take advantage of an opportunity.
- to impose upon, esp. unfairly, as by exploiting a weakness:to take advantage of someone.
- to be of service to;
yield profit or gain to;
- to cause to advance;
promote:Such action will advantage our cause.
- to prove beneficial to; profit:It would advantage him to work harder.
- Anglo-French, Old French avantage, equivalent. to avant before (see advance) + -age -age; for ad- see advance
- Middle English ava(u)ntage 1300–50