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Definition of advantage noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [countable, uncountable]
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  1. 1a thing that helps you to be better or more successful than other people a big/great/definite advantage an unfair advantage (= something that benefits you, but not your opponents) She had the advantage of a good education. You will be at an advantage (= have an advantage) in the interview if you have thought about the questions in advance. advantage over somebody Being tall gave him an advantage over the other players. companies seeking a competitive advantage over their trading rivals opposite disadvantage
  2. 2a quality of something that makes it better or more useful A small car has the added advantage of being cheaper to run. One advantage of/One of the advantages of living in the country is the fresh air. Each of these systems has its advantages and disadvantages. opposite disadvantage
  3. 3(abbreviation ad) (in tennis) the first point scored after a score of 40–40 Advantage Federer.
  4. Idioms
    be/work to your advantage
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    to give you an advantage; to change a situation in a way that gives you an advantage It would be to your advantage to attend this meeting. Eventually, the new regulations will work to our advantage.
      take advantage of something/somebody
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    1. 1to make use of something well; to make use of an opportunity She took advantage of the children's absence to clean their rooms. We took full advantage of the hotel facilities.
    2. 2to make use of someone or something in a way that is unfair or dishonest synonym exploit He took advantage of my generosity (= for example, by taking more than I had intended to give).
    to (good/best) advantage
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    in a way that shows the best of something The photo showed him to advantage. May was the month to see the garden to best advantage.
    use/turn/put something to your advantage
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    to use or change a bad situation so that it helps you Every magician has a trick that goes wrong, but you can use this to your advantage by pretending it was deliberate and making the audience laugh.
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