Definitions

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  • n. An advantage; benefit; profit.
  • n. The first place; lead; precedence; preference.
  • n. Progress; advancement.
  • v. To store; lay past; keep in reserve; hoard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Advantage; benefit.

Etymologies

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From earlier fordele, from Middle English foredel, foredele, equivalent to fore- +‎ deal. Compare Dutch voordeel, Low German fortel, German Vorteil ("advantage"), Danish fordel, Swedish fördel. More at fore-, deal.

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