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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ad•van•tage /ædˈvæntɪdʒ/USA pronunciation   n., v., -taged, -taging. 

n. 
  1. circumstance, opportunity, etc., that is very favorable to success[countable]the advantages of a good education.
  2. [uncountable] benefit; gain; profit: It will be to your advantage to study Chinese.
  3. a position of superiority or ascendancy[countable]Knowledge of foreign policy gave the candidate an advantage.

v. [+ object]
  1. to benefit:How will this advantage you at work?
idiom
    take advantage of, [ + obj]
      • 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.
  1. Idioms to advantage, in such a way as to have beneficial effects:The lighting showed off the room to advantage.

ad•van•ta•geous/ˌædvənˈteɪdʒəs/USA pronunciation  adj. 
ad•van•ta•geous•ly,adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ad•van•tage  (ad vantij, -vän-), 
n., v., -taged, -taging. 

n. 
  1. any state, circumstance, opportunity, or means specially favorable to success, interest, or any desired end:the advantage of a good education.
  2. benefit; gain;
    profit:It will be to his advantage to learn Chinese before going to China.
  3. superiority or ascendancy (often fol. by over or of ):His height gave him an advantage over his opponent.
  4. a position of superiority (often fol. by over or of ):their advantage in experienced players.
  5. Sport[Tennis.]the first point scored after deuce.
  6. 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.
  7. take advantage of: 
      • 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.
  8. to advantage, to good effect; advantageously:The paintings were arranged to advantage on one wall.

v.t. 
  1. to be of service to;
    yield profit or gain to;
    benefit.
  2. to cause to advance;
    further;
    promote:Such action will advantage our cause.
  3. to prove beneficial to; profit:It would advantage him to work harder.
Etymology:
  • Anglo-French, Old French avantage, equivalent. to avant before (see advance) + -age -age; for ad- see advance
  • Middle English ava(u)ntage 1300–50
2 . Advantage, benefit, profit all mean something that is of use or value. Advantage is anything that places one in an improved position, esp. in coping with competition or difficulties:It is to one's advantage to have traveled widely.Benefit is anything that promotes the welfare or improves the state of a person or group:a benefit to society.Profit is any valuable, useful, or helpful gain:profit from trade or experience. 9 . serve, avail, help, aid.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

advantage /ədˈvɑːntɪdʒ/ n
  1. often followed by over or of: superior or more favourable position or power
  2. benefit or profit (esp in the phrase to one's advantage)
  3. the point scored after deuce
  4. take advantage ofto make good use of
  5. to impose upon the weakness, good nature, etc, of; abuse
  6. to seduce
  7. to advantageto good effect
Etymology: 14th Century: avantage (later altered to advantage on the model of words beginning with Latin ad-), from Old French avant before, from Latin abante from before, away. See advance



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