Definition of advantage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ədˈvɑːntɪdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ədˈvæntɪdʒ//
    [countable, uncountable] Tennis
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  1. 1  a 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 competitive advantage over their trading rivals opposite disadvantage
  2. 2  a 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[uncountable] (in tennis) the first point scored after a score of 40–40. Advantage Murray. See related entries: Tennis
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French avantage, from avant ‘in front’, from late Latin abante ‘in front’, from ab ‘from’ + ante ‘before’. The initial a- was mistakenly assimilated to ad- in the 16th cent.Extra examples Breastfeeding offers a clear advantage to your baby. East coast resorts have the advantage over west coast ones. He would gain considerable advantage from staying in that job. I took complete advantage of the situation. It is to your advantage to delay things for as long as possible. The bright lighting showed the jewels to their best advantage. The commanders were anxious to press home their advantage with a further offensive in the north. The company has an unfair advantage over its competitors. The company was able to gain a competitive advantage over its rivals by reducing costs. The new design gives us a clear advantage over our competitors. The plan would be to our mutual advantage. There may be some advantage in laying down a clearer procedure. These computers have the added advantage of being cheap. They argue that the possible risks attached to such vaccines vastly outweigh any advantages. the advantage to both countries of closer economic ties the natural advantages of a fertile soil the natural advantages of countries with low labour costs Being tall gave him a definite advantage over the other players. Having a degree is a huge advantage when it comes to getting a job. Is there any advantage in getting there early? The bill will give US tuna processors a competitive advantage in the US tuna market. Their better training gave the French troops a decisive advantage. They took an early lead and held onto their advantage right to the end. With good cooperation we should be able to exploit this opportunity to our mutual advantage. You will be at an advantage if you have thought about the interview questions in advance.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. 1  to make use of something well; to make use of an opportunity She took advantage of the children's absence to tidy their rooms. We took full advantage of the hotel facilities.
    2. 2  to make use of somebody/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 somebody/something The photograph showed him to advantage. May was the month to see the garden to best advantage.
    turn 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 turn this to your advantage by pretending it was deliberate and making the audience laugh.
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