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1. A beneficial factor or combination of factors: Being tall is usually an advantage in basketball.
2. Benefit or profit; gain: It is to your advantage to invest wisely.
3. A relatively favorable position; superiority of means: A better education gave us the advantage.
4. Sports
a. The first point scored in tennis after deuce.
b. The resulting score.
5. Sports A situation in soccer in which the referee has signaled that a foul has been committed but delays making the call because the fouled team has a more favorable position in play. If the fouled team loses this favorable position, the referee then makes the call.
tr.v. ad·van·taged, ad·van·tag·ing, ad·van·tag·es
To afford profit or gain to; benefit.
take advantage of
1. To put to good use; avail oneself of: take advantage of all educational opportunities.
2. To make use of for selfish reasons; achieve a selfish goal by exploiting: took advantage of him by leaving him with the bill; took advantage of his unsuspecting nature.
3. To seduce.
to advantage
To good effect; favorably: The roses were displayed to advantage in a blue vase.

[Middle English avantage, from Old French, from avant, before, from Latin abante, from before; see advance.]
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1. (often foll by: over or of) superior or more favourable position or power: he had an advantage over me because of his experience.
2. benefit or profit (esp in the phrase to one's advantage)
3. (Tennis) tennis
a. the point scored after deuce
b. the resulting state of the score
4. take advantage of
a. to make good use of
b. to impose upon the weakness, good nature, etc, of; abuse
c. to seduce
5. to advantage to good effect: he used his height to advantage at the game.
6. you have the advantage of me you know me but I do not know you
[C14: 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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(ædˈvæn tɪdʒ, -ˈvɑn-)

n., v. -taged, -taging. n.
1. any circumstance, opportunity, or means specially favorable to success or a desired end: the advantages of a good education.
2. benefit; gain; profit: It will be to your advantage to study Chinese.
3. a position of superiority or ascendancy (often fol. by over or of): It gave him an advantage over his opponent.
4. the first point in tennis scored after deuce.
5. to be of service to; yield profit or gain to; benefit.
1. take advantage of,
a. to make use of for gain: to take advantage of an opportunity.
b. to impose upon, esp. unfairly, as by exploiting a weakness.
2. to advantage, in such a way as to have worthwhile or beneficial effects.
[1300–50; < Anglo-French, Old French avantage=avant before + -age -age]
syn: advantage, benefit, profit all mean something that is of use or value. advantage is anything that places a person in a favorable or superior position, esp. in coping with competition or difficulties: It is to your advantage to have traveled widely. benefit is anything that promotes the welfare or improves the state of a person or group: The new factory will be a great benefit to our town. profit is any valuable or useful gain, usu. financial, moral, or educational: profit from trade; profit from experience.
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ace in the hole A trump card; something advantageous held in reserve until needed, and especially until needed to turn apparent failure into actual success. In stud poker a hole card is the card dealt face down in the first round. Since an ace is the highest and most valuable card, the player who receives an ace as his hole card has a decided advantage.

beat to the punch To get the drop on, to beat to the draw, to be a step ahead; to gain the advantage through quickness and alertness; to steal someone’s thunder; to win at oneupmanship. Webster’s Third cites W. J. Reilly’s use of this boxing metaphor:

… beats you to the conversational punch by having his say before you have a chance to open your mouth.

catch a weasel asleep To gain an advantage over something due to its inattentiveness. A sleeping animal is an easy target. This expression is an older equivalent of the current to catch someone napping.

catch napping To acquire an advantage over someone through his inattentiveness. A sleeping person or animal is easily taken off guard by another person or predator. As used in the phrase, however, napping does not carry its literal meaning of ‘sleeping.’ It means simply ‘unawares, off guard, inattentive.’

get the drop on To have the advantage over someone; to be in a superior, controlling position, such that one cannot be taken unawares. Most sources cite the following quotation from Alexander K. McClure’s Three Thousand Miles through the Rocky Mountains (1869) as the first use of this colloquial American expression.

So expert is he with his faithful pistol that the most scientific of rogues have repeatedly attempted in vain to “get the drop” on him.

This original use referring exclusively to a fast draw may be related to at the drop of a hat. (See INSTANTANEOUSNESS.) The idea of covering a person with a gun before he can draw his own soon gave rise to the current figurative use.

At any rate, we will not let Arcturus get the drop on the reading public. (Texas Siftings, August, 1888)

get the weather gage of To obtain the advantage over; to get the better of. In the sea battles of bygone days, a ship on the weather gage, or windward, side of an adversary’s vessel would have the advantage of being better able to maneuver into a strategic position. The expression’s principal use still usually concerns war and fighting, although not necessarily of a maritime nature.

He had got the weather gage of them, and for us to run down to them would be to run ourselves into the lion’s mouth. (John Mackey Wilson, Tales of the Borders, 1835-40)

go in with good cards To have reason to expect success; to anticipate triumph. This expression is derived from a card player’s foreknowledge of victory upon being dealt an exemplary hand. The phrase maintains limited use in the United States and Great Britain.

They went in upon far better Cards to overthrow King Henry, than King Henry had to overthrow King Richard. (Francis Bacon, Henry VII, 1622)

have the ball at one’s feet To be in a strategically advantageous position; to be in the driver’s seat. In the British game of football (American soccer), whoever has the ball at his feet has the power to call the shots. This expression can be used in regard to politics, personal relations, or any area in which there are plays for power as one person or group attempts to gain control.

We have the ball at our feet, and if the Government will allow us … the rebellion will be crushed. (W. E. Auckland, Journal and Correspondence, 1788-98)

inside track An advantageous position granting one an edge over others; a favorable status; influence, or the power to secure favors. In racing, the inside track ‘inner side of a curved track’ is the shortest route. By the mid-19th century, this Americanism was used figuratively to refer to any position of advantage.

When a woman knows where she stands, and has the inside track, … the man has no show whatever. (Atherton, Perch of Devil, 1914)

in the catbird seat In an advantageous position or condition; ahead of the game; also sitting in the catbird seat. This U.S. slang expression, dating at least from 1942, was popularized by baseball announcer “Red” Barber during his 1945-55 radio broadcasts of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball games.

keep one jump ahead To advance or increase before someone or something else and thus maintain an advantageous position or superior status. The exact origin of this 20th-century expression is unknown; it may come from the game of checkers in which one player jumps ‘takes possession of’ another player’s checkers—literally advancing one checker in front of another one—in order to win the game.

That would allow the Government to permit wage rises to keep one jump ahead of prices. (Sun, January 6, 1973)

sitting pretty In a favorable situation or condition; at an advantage; successful; well-to-do; well-off, set. This expression has been in use since 1926.

steal a march on To gain an advantage over, to get the jump on, to be a step ahead of. This expression originally had to do with the stealthy movement of troops without the enemy’s knowledge. It still retains connotations of furtiveness or secrecy.

Happening to awake earlier than usual, he stole a march on his nurses, and … walked out and tottered into the jail. (Charles Reade, It Is Never Too Late To Mend, 1856)

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Past participle: advantaged
Gerund: advantaging

I advantage
you advantage
he/she/it advantages
we advantage
you advantage
they advantage
I advantaged
you advantaged
he/she/it advantaged
we advantaged
you advantaged
they advantaged
Present Continuous
I am advantaging
you are advantaging
he/she/it is advantaging
we are advantaging
you are advantaging
they are advantaging
Present Perfect
I have advantaged
you have advantaged
he/she/it has advantaged
we have advantaged
you have advantaged
they have advantaged
Past Continuous
I was advantaging
you were advantaging
he/she/it was advantaging
we were advantaging
you were advantaging
they were advantaging
Past Perfect
I had advantaged
you had advantaged
he/she/it had advantaged
we had advantaged
you had advantaged
they had advantaged
I will advantage
you will advantage
he/she/it will advantage
we will advantage
you will advantage
they will advantage
Future Perfect
I will have advantaged
you will have advantaged
he/she/it will have advantaged
we will have advantaged
you will have advantaged
they will have advantaged
Future Continuous
I will be advantaging
you will be advantaging
he/she/it will be advantaging
we will be advantaging
you will be advantaging
they will be advantaging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been advantaging
you have been advantaging
he/she/it has been advantaging
we have been advantaging
you have been advantaging
they have been advantaging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been advantaging
you will have been advantaging
he/she/it will have been advantaging
we will have been advantaging
you will have been advantaging
they will have been advantaging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been advantaging
you had been advantaging
he/she/it had been advantaging
we had been advantaging
you had been advantaging
they had been advantaging
I would advantage
you would advantage
he/she/it would advantage
we would advantage
you would advantage
they would advantage
Past Conditional
I would have advantaged
you would have advantaged
he/she/it would have advantaged
we would have advantaged
you would have advantaged
they would have advantaged
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The first point served after deuce.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.advantage - the quality of having a superior or more favorable position; "the experience gave him the advantage over me"
asset, plus - a useful or valuable quality
favor, favour - an advantage to the benefit of someone or something; "the outcome was in his favor"
leverage - strategic advantage; power to act effectively; "relatively small groups can sometimes exert immense political leverage"
handicap - advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning
homecourt advantage - the advantage of playing on your home court in front of fans who are rooting for you
lead - an advantage held by a competitor in a race; "he took the lead at the last turn"
clout, pull - special advantage or influence; "the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull"
head start, start - the advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race); "with an hour's start he will be hard to catch"
gain, profit - the advantageous quality of being beneficial
preference - grant of favor or advantage to one over another (especially to a country or countries in matters of international trade, such as levying duties)
privilege - a special advantage or immunity or benefit not enjoyed by all
expedience, expediency - the quality of being suited to the end in view
favorable position, favourable position, superiority - the quality of being at a competitive advantage
good - benefit; "for your own good"; "what's the good of worrying?"
advantageousness, favorableness, favourableness, profitableness, positiveness, positivity - the quality of being encouraging or promising of a successful outcome
tax advantage - an advantage bestowed by legislation that reduces a tax on some preferred activity
disadvantage - the quality of having an inferior or less favorable position
2.advantage - (tennis) first point scored after deuceadvantage - (tennis) first point scored after deuce
lawn tennis, tennis - a game played with rackets by two or four players who hit a ball back and forth over a net that divides the court
point - the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest; "he scored 20 points in the first half"; "a touchdown counts 6 points"
3.advantage - benefit resulting from some event or action; "it turned out to my advantage"; "reaping the rewards of generosity"
benefit, welfare - something that aids or promotes well-being; "for the benefit of all"
Verb1.advantage - give an advantage toadvantage - give an advantage to; "This system advantages the rich"
favor, favour, prefer - promote over another; "he favors his second daughter"
disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour - put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm; "This rule clearly disadvantages me"
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2. lead, control, edge, sway, dominance, superiority, upper hand, precedence, primacy, pre-eminence Men have created an economic position of advantage over women.
3. superiority, good, worth, gain, comfort, welfare, enjoyment, mileage (informal) The great advantage of home-grown fruit is its magnificent flavour.
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1. A factor conducive to superiority and success:
2. Something beneficial:
3. Something that contributes to or increases one's well-being:
benefit, good, interest (often used in plural), profit.
4. The quality of being suitable or adaptable to an end:
5. A dominating position, as in a conflict:
Informal: inside track, jump.
To be an advantage to:
Archaic: boot.
Idiom: stand someone in good stead.
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افضليةالنُقْطَة الأولَى فِي لُعْبَة التِنْسفَائِدَهمِيْزَة
forskotkostur, hagur
būti pranašesniamdaugiaupalankiaipalankuspasinaudoti
lợi thế


[ədˈvɑːntɪdʒ] N
1.ventaja f
it's no advantage to play firstel jugar primero no es una ventaja
"languages and shorthand an advantage" (in job advert) → "serán méritos or se valorarán idiomas y taquigrafía"
to have an advantage over sbllevar ventaja a algn
I'm sorry, you have the advantage of me (fig) → lo siento, pero no recuerdo su nombre
to have an advantage in numbersllevar ventaja en cuanto al número
he has the advantage of youthtiene la ventaja de ser joven
the plan has many advantagesel proyecto tiene muchas ventajas
to show sth off to best advantagehacer que algo se vea bajo la luz más favorable
to take advantage of sb (unfairly) → aprovecharse de algn, sacar partido de algn; (sexually) → abusar de algn
to take advantage of an opportunityaprovechar una oportunidad
it's to our advantagees ventajoso para nosotros
to turn sth to (one's) advantagesacar buen partido de algo
2. (Sport) advantage González (Tennis) → ventaja González
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[ədˈvɑːntɪdʒ] n
(= benefit) → avantage m
Going to university has many advantages → Aller à l'université présente de nombreux avantages.
to take advantage of sth [+ weather, opportunity] → profiter de qch
He took advantage of the good weather to go for a walk → Il a profité du beau temps pour faire une promenade.
it's to our advantage → c'est dans notre intérêt
it's to our advantage to do ... → nous avons intérêt à faire ...
to use sth to one's advantage, to turn sth to one's advantage → tirer parti de qch
(more favourable position)avantage m
to have the advantage of being sth → avoir l'avantage d'être qch
She has the advantage of being the younger player → Elle a l'avantage d'être la plus jeune des deux joueuses.
to have the advantage of doing sth → avoir l'avantage de faire qch
to have an advantage over sb → avoir un avantage sur qn
the advantage of X over Y → l'avantage de X sur Y
to take advantage of sb → exploiter qn
The company was taking advantage of its employees → La société exploitait ses employés.
(= best effect) to show sth to good advantage → mettre qch en valeur
(TENNIS)avantage m
"Advantage Federer" → "Avantage Federer"
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Vorteil m; to have an advantage (over somebody)(jdm gegenüber) im Vorteil sein; that gives you an advantage over medamit sind Sie mir gegenüber im Vorteil, das verschafft Ihnen mir gegenüber einen Vorteil; to have the advantage of somebodyjdm überlegen sein; you have the advantage of me (form)ich kenne leider Ihren werten Namen nicht (form); he had the advantage of youther hatte den Vorzug der Jugend; she had the advantage of greater experiencesie war durch ihre größere Erfahrung im Vorteil; to get the advantage of somebody (by doing something)sich (dat)(durch etw) jdm gegenüber einen Vorteil verschaffen; to have the advantage of numberszahlenmäßig überlegen sein
(= use, profit)Vorteil m; to take advantage of somebody (= exploit)jdn ausnutzen; (euph: sexually) → jdn missbrauchen; to take advantage of somethingetw ausnutzen, sich (dat)etw zunutze or zu Nutze machen; he took advantage of her while she was drunker machte sich (dat)ihre Trunkenheit zunutze or zu Nutze; to turn something to advantageNutzen aus etw ziehen; he turned it to his own advantageer machte es sich (dat)zunutze or zu Nutze; what advantage is that to us?welchen Nutzen haben wir davon?; it is to my advantage to …es ist vorteilhaft für mich …, es ist für mich von Vorteil; to use something to best advantagedas Beste aus etw machen; to use something to one’s advantageetw für sich nutzen
(Tennis) → Vorteil m
vt (old, liter)zum Vorteil or Nutzen gereichen (+dat) (geh)
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[ədˈvɑːntɪdʒ] n (gen) (Tennis) → vantaggio
she has the advantage of youth → ha il vantaggio di essere giovane
the plan has many advantages → il progetto presenta molti vantaggi
it's to our advantage → è nel nostro interesse, torna a nostro vantaggio
to have an advantage over sb → avere un vantaggio su qn
to take advantage of (opportunity) → approfittare di, sfruttare
to take advantage of sb (unfairly, sexually) → approfittare or approfittarsi di qn
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ədˈvaːntidʒ) noun
1. (a) gain or benefit. There are several advantages in being self-employed.
2. in tennis, the first point gained after deuce.
advantageous (ӕdvənˈteidʒəs) adjective
having or giving an advantage. Because of his experience he was in an advantageous position for promotion
ˌadvanˈtageously adverb
have an/the advantage (over)
to be in a better or more advantageous position (than). As she already knew French, she had an advantage over the rest of the class.
take advantage of
to make use of (a situation, person etc) in such a way as to benefit oneself. He took full advantage of all his business opportunities.
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مِيْزَة výhoda fordel Vorteil πλεονέκτημα ventaja etu avantage prednost vantaggio 有利 이점 voordeel fordel przewaga vantagem преимущество fördel ความได้เปรียบ üstünlük lợi thế 优势
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n. ventaja, ganancia, beneficio;
to take ___aprovecharse, valerse de.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


n ventaja; the advantages and disadvantages..las ventajas e inconvenientes.. las ventajas y desventajas
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References in classic literature ?
Oh, tell me, who was it first announced, who was it first proclaimed, that man only does nasty things because he does not know his own interests; and that if he were enlightened, if his eyes were opened to his real normal interests, man would at once cease to do nasty things, would at once become good and noble because, being enlightened and understanding his real advantage, he would see his own advantage in the good and nothing else, and we all know that not one man can, consciously, act against his own interests, consequently, so to say, through necessity, he would begin doing good?
And all that for the most foolish reason, which, one would think, was hardly worth mentioning: that is, that man everywhere and at all times, whoever he may be, has preferred to act as he chose and not in the least as his reason and advantage dictated.
Above all others, men of genius and learning shared the principal place in his favour; and in these he had much discernment: for though he had missed the advantage of a learned education, yet, being blest with vast natural abilities, he had so well profited by a vigorous though late application to letters, and by much conversation with men of eminence in this way, that he was himself a very competent judge in most kinds of literature.
Among others of this kind was Dr Blifil, a gentleman who had the misfortune of losing the advantage of great talents by the obstinacy of a father, who would breed him to a profession he disliked.
(remembering that many more individuals are born than can possibly survive) that individuals having any advantage, however slight, over others, would have the best chance of surviving and of procreating their kind?
The State governments will have the advantage of the Federal government, whether we compare them in respect to the immediate dependence of the one on the other; to the weight of personal influence which each side will possess; to the powers respectively vested in them; to the predilection and probable support of the people; to the disposition and faculty of resisting and frustrating the measures of each other.
He was seriously concerned that a cause of so little advantage to anyone should be forwarded at the sole expense of his brother-in-law, and he was determined, if possible, to find out the extent of his assistance, and to discharge the obligation as soon as he could.
If they cannot do this, they ought at least to prove to us that it is easier to subvert the liberties of three millions of people, with the advantage of local governments to head their opposition, than of two hundred thousand people who are destitute of that advantage.
Allen had no particular reason to hope it would be followed with more advantage now; but we are told to "despair of nothing we would attain," as "unwearied diligence our point would gain"; and the unwearied diligence with which she had every day wished for the same thing was at length to have its just reward, for hardly had she been seated ten minutes before a lady of about her own age, who was sitting by her, and had been looking at her attentively for several minutes, addressed her with great complaisance in these words: "I think, madam, I cannot be mistaken; it is a long time since I had the pleasure of seeing you, but is not your name Allen?" This question answered, as it readily was, the stranger pronounced hers to be Thorpe; and Mrs.
Now, when your weapons are dulled, your ardor damped, your strength exhausted and your treasure spent, other chieftains will spring up to take advantage of your extremity.
On beginning to talk to the peasants about it, and making a proposition to cede them the land on new terms, he came into collision with the same great difficulty that they were so much absorbed by the current work of the day, that they had not time to consider the advantages and disadvantages of the proposed scheme.
Did you hear all the advantages of the unjust which Thrasymachus was rehearsing?