(reflexive) To do something for one's own benefit; to take advantage of. [from 16th c.]
- To put to good use; avail oneself of:
take advantage of all educational opportunities.
- 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.
- To good effect; favorably:
The roses were displayed to advantage in a blue vase.
- to have an advantage over
- to make use of for one's own benefit
- to impose upon in a selfish way
- so as to result in a good effect
Other Word Forms of Advantage
Origin of Advantage
From Middle English avantage, avauntage, from Old French avantage, from avant (“before”), from Medieval Latin abante. The spelling with d was a mistake, a- being supposed to be from Latin ad (see advance). For sense development, compare foredeal.
Middle English avantage from Old French from avant before from Latin abante from before advance
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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