Definition of take advantage of in US English:

take advantage of


  • 1Make unfair demands on (someone) who cannot or will not resist; exploit or make unfair use of for one's own benefit.

    ‘people tend to take advantage of a placid nature’
    • ‘‘The cost of goods on the market has also gone up as people are taking advantage of the shortage to exploit consumers,’ he said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It takes about six days for a hacker to create an exploit that takes advantage of an announced vulnerability.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Foreign investors want to take advantage of all the benefits above.’
    • ‘How easy was it for writers to take advantage of the financial benefits that the sales of printed books seemed to offer to them?’
    • ‘And while I definitely took advantage of the college benefits, that's not the motivation.’
    • ‘In other words, he is taking advantage of, or exploiting, the local people and their customs in the furtherance of his own career.’
    • ‘I took advantage of this benefit and exercised three or four days a week, losing 10 pounds in six months.’
    • ‘And that means city businesses are being blocked from taking advantage of benefits enjoyed by many of their competitors.’
    • ‘They want to take advantage of all benefits that both Korea and US offer their citizens.’
    • ‘Central Florida amusement parks and tourist attractions benefited from more visitors taking advantage of deals and discounts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Jacksonville University employee takes advantage of a benefit and gets her degree.’
    • ‘Are you being charged a monthly fee for ‘benefits’ that you rarely or never take advantage of?’
    • ‘This gave her a sort of freedom that she took advantage of, but did not exploit.’
    • ‘He is calling on industry to take advantage of the benefits of the third-party program.’
    • ‘Almost 3500 members are currently taking advantage of this benefit.’
    • ‘A lifestyle that takes advantage of the health benefits of wine is proving to be a particularly good fit for women.’
    • ‘So they're taking advantage of that situation and benefiting in some cases very significantly as a result of this deliberate strategy.’
    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 (used euphemistically) seduce.
      • ‘A trusted family member violated and took advantage of you.’
      • ‘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.’
      persuade someone to have sexual intercourse, take away someone's innocence
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  • 2Make good use of the opportunities offered by (something)

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