from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A beneficial factor or combination of factors.
  • n. Benefit or profit; gain: It is to your advantage to invest wisely.
  • n. A relatively favorable position; superiority of means: A better education gave us the advantage.
  • n. Sports The first point scored in tennis after deuce.
  • n. Sports The resulting score.
  • transitive v. To afford profit or gain to; benefit.
  • idiom take advantage of To put to good use; avail oneself of: take advantage of all educational opportunities.
  • idiom take advantage of To profit selfishly by; exploit: took advantage of the customer.
  • idiom to advantage To good effect; favorably: The roses were displayed to advantage in a blue vase.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any condition, circumstance, opportunity or means, particularly favorable to success, or to any desired end.
  • n. Superiority; mastery; — used with of to specify its nature or with over to specify the other party.
  • n. Superiority of state, or that which gives it; benefit; gain; profit; as, the advantage of a good constitution.
  • n. The score where one player wins a point after deuce but needs the next too to carry the game.
  • n. The continuation of the game after a foul against the attacking team, because the attacking team are in a advantageous position.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any condition, circumstance, opportunity, or means, particularly favorable to success, or to any desired end; benefit.
  • n. Superiority; mastery; -- with of or over.
  • n. Superiority of state, or that which gives it; benefit; gain; profit.
  • n. Interest of money; increase; overplus (as the thirteenth in the baker's dozen).
  • n. The first point scored after deuce.
  • intransitive v.
  • transitive v. To give an advantage to; to further; to promote; to benefit; to profit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To benefit; be of service to; yield profit or gain to.
  • To gain ground or win acceptance for; promote or further.
  • To increase, as by interest.
  • Reflexively, to cause to be an advantage to; avail (one's self).
  • To gain an advantage; be benefited.
  • n. Any state, condition, circumstance, opportunity, or means specially favorable to success, prosperity, interest, reputation, or any desired end; anything that aids, assists, or is of service: as, he had the advantage of a good constitution, of an excellent education; the enemy had the advantage of elevated ground; “the advantages of a close alliance,” Macaulay.
  • n. Superiority or prevalence: regularly with of or over.
  • n. Benefit; gain; profit.
  • n. Usury; interest; increase.
  • n. A thirteenth article added to a dozen, making what is commonly known as a baker's dozen.
  • n. In lawn-tennis, the first point gained after deuce. Commonly called vantage. See lawn-tennis.
  • n. To overreach or impose upon
  • n. To utilize as a means toward overreaching or imposition.
  • n. Synonyms and Advantage, Benefit, Utility, Profit, help, vantage-ground, good, service. Advantage is the possession of a good vantage-ground for the attainment of ulterior objects of desire: as, he has the advantage of a good education. Benefit is a more immediate and realized good: as, a chief benefit of exercise is the improvement of health. Utility is usefulness in the practical or material sense: the utility of an education is a small part of the benefit derived from it. Profit signifies gain, with a suggestion of trade or exchange. A man may have good advantages, but derive from them little benefit or profit; even their utility to him may be small.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. benefit resulting from some event or action
  • n. the quality of having a superior or more favorable position
  • v. give an advantage to
  • n. (tennis) first point scored after deuce


Middle English avantage, from Old French, from avant, before, from Latin abante, from before; see advance.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)


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