Definition of advantage in English:



  • 1A condition or circumstance that puts one in a favourable or superior position.

    ‘companies with a computerized database are at an advantage’
    ‘she had an advantage over her mother's generation’
    • ‘One of the earliest models of dominant firm behaviour is obtained by considering a situation in which one firm has an informational advantage over the other.’
    • ‘Our higher ground position and the ridge wall gave us the advantage over Percy and his friend.’
    • ‘It also has an advantage over other islands because Guadeloupe is really two completely different sorts of islands pushed together.’
    • ‘Large seeds have been found to have a better chance of survival as seedlings and a growth advantage over smaller seeds in competitive situations.’
    • ‘In what circumstances does advertising have a particular advantage over direct communication?’
    • ‘You need superior technology, but you also need a demonstrable advantage over any competing method of doing business.’
    • ‘A magnificent first round game at St George's Road saw Londesbrough Park emerge with a seven-run advantage over Harrogate.’
    • ‘That puts me at an advantage over any other physique, large or small.’
    • ‘East Timor does have an advantage over countries that emerged from colonization during the 20th century.’
    • ‘Does this recent move put you at an advantage or a disadvantage against your opponents?’
    • ‘Women manifestly have the ability to detect rivals and to employ a variety of tactics to place themselves at an advantage over them.’
    • ‘However, even under these conditions, cells with flagella have a mating advantage over aflagellate cells in the population.’
    • ‘Gabriele was in first place when he handed the car over to me and we had about 4 seconds to our advantage over Cappellari.’
    • ‘Some of these individuals might be at an advantage over their predecessors, because they might be more able to adapt to new conditions.’
    • ‘Despite their complexity, investment trusts have a key advantage over unit trusts.’
    • ‘This energy form has an advantage over liquid fuel in that it is an extremely safe product.’
    • ‘Continental hauliers have an enormous advantage over their British rivals.’
    • ‘Nuclear power has an advantage over coal and oil in that it doesn't emit any greenhouse gases.’
    • ‘If this view is correct, U.S. higher education may continue to provide a noticeable advantage over other countries.’
    • ‘The country, or countries, able to establish control over this vital resource will secure a major advantage over their international rivals.’
    upper hand, edge, lead, head, whip hand, trump card
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    1. 1.1mass noun The opportunity to gain something; benefit or profit.
      ‘you could learn something to your advantage’
      ‘he saw some advantage in the proposal’
      • ‘If there is any advantage to be gained here, the Chinese government will take it.’
      • ‘Instead they try to gain advantage by exploiting economies of scale and network effects.’
      • ‘If the opportunities to gain advantage from automation are largely gone, the remaining frontier is innovation.’
      • ‘Wherever there is some advantage to be gained, be it ever so trivial, quarrels are the order of the day.’
      • ‘But it appeared to be the incumbent who will gain any political advantage.’
      • ‘What are we likely to see here in the next presentation in Tempe to offset this tie, to gain advantage for either candidate?’
      • ‘A second incident shows James assuming disguise to gain advantage in 1537 at another turning point in his life, when he had to make a decision of whom to marry.’
      • ‘By having the bodywork lower, it is possible to take advantage of the ‘ground effect’ and gain some slight speed advantage.’
      • ‘In such a world, it would be impossible to gain advantage from observation, since all competitors would see the same thing.’
      • ‘There was the hope to gain some advantage in the West Indies.’
      • ‘Against this may be made the argument that New Zealand already gains sufficient advantage from existing arrangements.’
      • ‘He will try in his honorable role as the advocate to gain as much advantage as he can for his point of view.’
      • ‘This will help customers gain competitive advantage.’
      • ‘While I think the ability to hit long drives should always be rewarded, any advantage gained should not be overwhelming.’
      • ‘The way in which the deregulation was done was faulty; it allowed interest seeking traders to take advantage to their own profit.’
      • ‘However, when foreign competitors do not follow these good standards they gain competitive advantage because they can produce goods cheaper.’
      • ‘As firms gain advantage through the various sources of competitiveness, relative market share and profits increase.’
      • ‘For this reason there is just no advantage to be gained in the use of a fast taper rod.’
      • ‘Ministers are also concerned about the growth of identity theft, in which criminals assume someone else's identity to gain financial advantage.’
      • ‘But what possible advantage is to be gained from such proximity?’
      benefit, profit, gain, good, interest, welfare, well-being, enjoyment, satisfaction, comfort, ease, convenience
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    2. 1.2 A favourable or desirable feature.
      ‘the village's proximity to the town is an advantage’
      • ‘It's got to be an advantage for the town and it means more people could leave their cars at home and use public transport.’
      • ‘Moreover, the advantages of practicing simple but effective steps at home are also explained.’
      • ‘The great advantage of the town bus was that the tickets could be used several times daily free of extra charge.’
      • ‘It is indeed an advantage to this expanding town.’
      • ‘A set of regulations should also be set up to support academic fields in which Taiwan has advantages or special features.’
      • ‘This feature offers distinct advantages over the one-way system, but also at a higher cost.’
      • ‘The closeness of Swinford to Knock Airport should continue to be a huge advantage to the town in the future.’
      • ‘Chan cites numerous advantages these features have offered the firm over the years.’
      • ‘Both features have their advantages, but they are certainly not new in the 18th century.’
      • ‘This feature will have advantages for customers in the pharmaceutical industry, where speed is critical.’
      • ‘That's not to say the moderate viewpoint is without its practical advantages.’
      • ‘Vending machines offer the advantages of convenience, hygiene and consistency in taste.’
      • ‘We must, however, clearly define and identify our competitive advantage - the features and benefits that make the product unique.’
      • ‘This results in major advantages of microwaves over conventional ovens.’
      • ‘Stop-start town traffic gave an advantage to the hybrids, with the Prius, which can run solely on its electric motor at slow speeds, far in the lead.’
      • ‘He said that this was an exciting challenge for him and the fact that this was a planned town was an advantage.’
      • ‘There are good constitutional reasons for this independence, as well as practical advantages.’
      • ‘This feature provides a significant advantage for children over the general law on confidentiality.’
      • ‘There would be clear advantages to locating both services in the one centre, however, if the project were to be approved.’
      • ‘However, despite the advantages, the Town Engineer added that there were bound to be some dissenting voices.’
      benefit, value, reward, merit, good point, strong point, asset, plus, bonus, boon, blessing, virtue, privilege, perk, fringe benefit, additional benefit, added extra
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    3. 1.3Tennis A score marking a point interim between deuce and winning the game.
      ‘‘Advantage, Federer.’’
      • ‘Is it 30 all, deuce, advantage to them or set point to me?’
      • ‘Henman races to three set points but Udomchoke gets a stay of execution as the Briton lets slip his advantage for deuce.’


[with object]
  • Put in a favourable or superior position.

    • ‘National's scheme, by contrast, is aimed at further advantaging those who are already advantaged.’
    • ‘He will be advantaged by the fact that he has never been in programming management and that he has a blend of familiarity yet distance.’
    • ‘Liz Broadley, the council's external funding manager, said the money would provide a much-needed boost in the less advantaged areas of Halifax.’
    • ‘Foremost, we believe that IT purchasing behavior continues to evolve to favor vendor consolidation - advantaging vendors such as IBM and Oracle.’
    • ‘It was designed to financially and politically promote already advantaged middle-class layers and business interests among the Maori and Pacific Island communities.’
    • ‘You end up maybe advantaging a few more kids, but creating huge and greater disadvantages for all the rest of the kids.’
    • ‘It offered more vivid vocabulary than neurasthenia and soon a less fully medical-professional context as well - both aspects advantaging the new concept over existing formulations.’
    • ‘As a result, when geographically advantaged societies encountered groups not so blessed, the outcome was inevitably that the former conquered or absorbed the disadvantaged culture.’
    • ‘But perhaps you could say the Samaritans are advantaged because they have compassion and commitment to helping those in need.’
    • ‘It has the effect of unfairly disadvantaging some individuals and communities, while unfairly advantaging other individuals and communities.’
    • ‘Are we simply caught in a spiral here that will be destructive of our interests while, obviously, significantly advantaging theirs?’
    • ‘So while you can pick this pack out and say they are doing certain things that you liked the look of, the question is: is that advantaging them in any way?’


  • have the advantage of

    • dated Be in a stronger position than.

      • ‘Of course, the position had the advantage of forcing Mitch, Sara and Mike closer to the door.’
      • ‘Drunk or not, I still had the advantage of position, and catching him off guard.’
      • ‘He had the advantage of having positions supported by a majority of the country, after all.’
      • ‘Snow blades, for which you will need standard ski boots but no poles, also have the advantage of not needing a great deal of snow.’
      • ‘I have the advantage of not being a professional politician and not depending on partisan interests.’
  • take advantage of

    • 1Exploit for one's own benefit.

      ‘people tend to take advantage of a placid nature’
      • ‘They want to take advantage of all benefits that both Korea and US offer their citizens.’
      • ‘So they're taking advantage of that situation and benefiting in some cases very significantly as a result of this deliberate strategy.’
      • ‘Furthermore, his libretto takes advantage of one benefit that opera has over the novel: music can allow several things to happen at the same time.’
      • ‘Are you being charged a monthly fee for ‘benefits’ that you rarely or never take advantage of?’
      • ‘Central Florida amusement parks and tourist attractions benefited from more visitors taking advantage of deals and discounts.’
      • ‘How easy was it for writers to take advantage of the financial benefits that the sales of printed books seemed to offer to them?’
      • ‘A lifestyle that takes advantage of the health benefits of wine is proving to be a particularly good fit for women.’
      • ‘The reforms are designed to save the National Health Service, not to scrap it, by supposedly making it more efficient and taking advantage of the benefits of private sector efficiency.’
      • ‘This gave her a sort of freedom that she took advantage of, but did not exploit.’
      • ‘I took advantage of this benefit and exercised three or four days a week, losing 10 pounds in six months.’
      • ‘And while I definitely took advantage of the college benefits, that's not the motivation.’
      • ‘It takes about six days for a hacker to create an exploit that takes advantage of an announced vulnerability.’
      • ‘Foreign investors want to take advantage of all the benefits above.’
      • ‘He is calling on industry to take advantage of the benefits of the third-party program.’
      • ‘The Jacksonville University employee takes advantage of a benefit and gets her degree.’
      • ‘Almost 3500 members are currently taking advantage of this benefit.’
      • ‘And that means city businesses are being blocked from taking advantage of benefits enjoyed by many of their competitors.’
      • ‘‘The cost of goods on the market has also gone up as people are taking advantage of the shortage to exploit consumers,’ he said.’
      • ‘In other words, he is taking advantage of, or exploiting, the local people and their customs in the furtherance of his own career.’
      • ‘It was more likely that they were simply taking advantage of, exploiting, if you will, mistakes that had been made by others and that had gone undetected.’
      exploit, abuse, impose on, prey on, play on, misuse, ill-treat, bleed, suck dry, squeeze, wring, enslave, treat unfairly, withhold rights from
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      1. 1.1dated (of a man) seduce (a woman)
        ‘he used his position to take advantage of women’
        • ‘His role has become that of an evil seducer taking advantage of a virginal heroine. They claim, in true soap style, he is only after her money.’
        • ‘A trusted family member violated and took advantage of you.’
        persuade someone to have sexual intercourse, take away someone's innocence
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    • 2Make good use of the opportunities offered by.

      ‘take full advantage of the facilities available’
      • ‘Many students move into coaching, taking advantage of opportunities not only in this country, but also in America, France and Canada.’
      • ‘It just seems to make sense to take advantage of what's on offer at the moment and borrow it all for free.’
      • ‘If the storm came and got the ship to move, the tug would take advantage of the opportunity and try and pull it free.’
      • ‘I spent a lot of the time being miserable, not fitting in, not taking advantage of the superb opportunities offered.’
      • ‘And if you are going to make the effort to live in the city, you might as well take advantage of what's on offer.’
      • ‘In my mind, the more opportunities he took advantage of, the quicker he would advance to that all-important Black Belt.’
      • ‘We're delighted to see that more girls are taking advantage of the opportunities on offer to play the game.’
      • ‘She works hard and takes advantage of all the learning opportunities available to her.’
      • ‘The tie was moved from Hull to take advantage of the opportunity to play at York City's ground and it paid dividends for the City girls.’
      • ‘It is widely recognised as Britain's finest residential library and Jessica said she is keen to take advantage of what is on offer.’
      • ‘And if you pay off your credit card in full every month, are you taking advantage of cashback offers?’
      • ‘The employer may have to provide access for every employee, but the employee is not forced to take advantage of the opportunity.’
      • ‘We would then be ready to take advantage of an opportunity to move up to the top level in the future.’
      • ‘In order to begin taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the convention the state of the marine environment must be assessed.’
      • ‘There are many wonderful opportunities to take advantage of within the university and outside it as well.’
      • ‘Anyway, you take advantage of all the opportunities you find in your life.’
      • ‘I hope you realise that, as busy as you believe you are, you must take advantage of this opportunity on offer.’
      • ‘I requested media passes far in advance and took advantage of the opportunity to access the field and dugout prior to the game.’
      • ‘From what they told me, most of these parents were taking advantage of the opportunities for involvement offered by the schools.’
      • ‘As it's almost a full percentage point above the base rate, it's an offer worth taking advantage of while it lasts.’
      make use of, utilize, put to use, use, use to good advantage, put to good use, turn to good use, make the most of, capitalize on, benefit from, turn to account, draw on
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  • to advantage

    • In a way which displays or makes good use of the best aspects of something.

      ‘her shoes showed off her legs to advantage’
      ‘plan your space to its best advantage’
      • ‘But before I uttered a word, I realized that these pictures could not be displayed to advantage in daytime.’
      • ‘It includes top-of-the-line display cases that will show to advantage the museum's finest visiting mineral specimens.’
      • ‘This human psychology could be used to advantage.’
      • ‘I figured I'd put those deficits to advantage - force myself to take risks, hazard extra dangers, go where reporters weren't.’
      • ‘He said he would use his limited knowledge of the sector to advantage, hopefully, ‘by bringing an outsider's eye to the business’.’
      • ‘The wind was not used to advantage in the first half, and basics were performed poorly, with the line-out a shining exception.’
      • ‘Tharoor's deft and incisive mind is displayed to advantage in the piece on Nirad Chaudhari.’
      • ‘They are playing with energy and enthusiasm and their superior fitness enables them to exploit space to advantage.’
      • ‘Chicago is 25 miles long and 10 miles wide, and its flat and spacious setting allows architects to display their genius to advantage.’
      • ‘They are an excellent choice for rock gardens, where their dainty scale can be displayed to advantage.’
      • ‘As he realised, no one had ever questioned the high quality of the products, and he saw little sense in selling off machinery when the skills to use them to advantage were still in place.’
      • ‘There is a vivacity and ease in the precious moments with her family and an awareness of the way she uses her feminine wiles to advantage in dealing with cops and criminals alike.’
      • ‘On request, she also visits her clients' homes to advise them on where to place the exhibit or the kind of wall finish that would show it to advantage.’
      • ‘Music playing underneath dialogue is occasionally used to advantage when the actors' voices are effectively jamming with the instruments.’
      • ‘I suspect it would be used to advantage in a potato casserole.’
      • ‘A display rack shows off plates and teapots to advantage.’
      • ‘He was certainly seen to advantage, easing Intelligent into the lead before the penultimate obstacle.’
      • ‘Very attractive blue - green colour with variegated yellow intrusions, it is capable of taking a high polish showing to advantage the variety of grain and colour tones.’
      • ‘From then on there was only going to be one winner as he used his greater reach to advantage, landing wonderful combinations that left the hapless Kaperonis totally outclassed.’
      • ‘Leopold understood all this early in his children's lives, and used the knowledge to advantage.’
  • turn something to advantage (or to one's advantage)

    • Handle or respond to something in such a way as to benefit from it.

      ‘they dominated the first half of the game but failed to turn it to advantage’
      • ‘But it is one thing getting those breaks, and it is another turning them to your advantage as the Armagh forwards did.’
      • ‘My message is that hostility can be turned to our advantage if we're better, smarter, wiser at the end of the season.’
      • ‘As founding editor of Cosmogirl, she turned that quality to her advantage, offering herself as a role model to quirky teens who were interested in standing out, not fitting in.’
      • ‘With the wind to their advantage the home-side supporters hoped Rangers would turn this game to their advantage.’
      • ‘And so, he said, companies are seeking ways to live with the technologies that threaten them and are trying to turn them to their advantage.’
      • ‘His prison cell was searched and some drawings were discovered and now his attorneys hope to turn that fact to his advantage at his trial.’
      • ‘Brown will meet his closest lieutenants to retrench and thrash out some way of turning a deteriorating situation to his advantage.’
      • ‘On the other hand, firms with experience and foresight may be able to turn these risks to their advantage and even make a certain amount of profit through foreign exchange gains.’
      • ‘Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of jobs moving overseas, we should be concentrating on turning any threats to our advantage.’
      • ‘We like to think that we can somehow interpret events and turn them to our advantage.’
      benefit from, take advantage of, obtain an advantage from, derive benefit from, reap the benefit of, capitalize on, make the most of, turn to one's advantage, put to good use, do well out of, utilize, exploit, make capital out of, maximize, gain from
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Middle English: from Old French avantage, from avant ‘in front’, from late Latin abante (see advance).