advantage[ad vant′ij, əd-]
- The definition of advantage means anything that provides a more favorable position, greater opportunity or a favorable outcome.
An example of an advantage is when a football team plays a game in their home stadium.
- a more favorable position; superiority: often with of or over
- a favorable or beneficial circumstance, event, etc.
- gain or benefit
- Tennis the first point scored after deuce
Origin of advantageMiddle English avantage, avauntage ; from Old French avantage ; from avant, before ; from Classical Latin ab- + ante: see advance
have the advantage of
take advantage of
- to make use of for one's own benefit
- to impose upon in a selfish way
- A beneficial factor or combination of factors: Being tall is usually an advantage in basketball.
- Benefit or profit; gain: It is to your advantage to invest wisely.
- A relatively favorable position; superiority of means: A better education gave us the advantage.
- Sports a. The first point scored in tennis after deuce.b. The resulting score.
- 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.
transitive verbad·van·taged, ad·van·tag·ing, ad·van·tag·es
Origin of advantageMiddle English avantage, from Old French, from avant, before, from Latin abante, from before; see advance.
- 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.
- Superiority of state, or that which gives it; benefit; gain; profit; as, the advantage of a good constitution.
- (tennis) The score where one player wins a point after deuce but needs the next too to carry the game.
- (soccer) The continuation of the game after a foul against the attacking team, because the attacking team are in a advantageous position.
- Interest of money; increase; overplus (as the thirteenth in the baker's dozen).
(third-person singular simple present advantages, present participle advantaging, simple past and past participle advantaged)
- Some authorities object to the use of advantage as a verb meaning "to provide with an advantage".