advantage
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ədˈvɑːn.tɪdʒ/
  • (America) IPA: /ədˈvæn.tɪdʒ/
Noun

advantage

  1. (countable) Any condition, circumstance, opportunity or means, particularly favorable to success, or to any desired end.
    The enemy had the advantage of a more elevated position.
    • c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene i]:
      Give me advantage of some brief discourse.
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 45, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
  2. (obsolete) Superiority; mastery; — used with of to specify its nature or with over to specify the other party.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, 2 Corinthians 2:11 ↗:
      Lest Satan should get an advantage of us.
  3. (countable, uncountable) Superiority of state, or that which gives it; benefit; gain; profit
    the advantage of a good constitution
    Having the faster car is of little advantage.
  4. (tennis) The score where one player wins a point after deuce but needs the next to carry the game.
  5. (soccer) The continuation of the game after a foul against the attacking team, because the attacking team are in an advantageous position.
  6. Interest of money; increase; overplus (as the thirteenth in the baker's dozen).
    • c. 1596, William Shakespeare, “The Life and Death of King Iohn”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene iii]:
      And with advantage means to pay thy love.
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advantage (advantages, present participle advantaging; past and past participle advantaged)

  1. (transitive) to provide (someone) with an advantage, to give an edge to [from 15th c.]
  2. (reflexive) to do something for one's own benefit; to take advantage of [from 16th c.]
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 7, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      No man of courage vouchsafeth to advantage himselfe {{transterm
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