from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An advantage in a competition or conflict; superiority.
  • noun A position, condition, or opportunity that is likely to provide superiority or an advantage.
  • noun A vantage point.
  • noun Sports An advantage.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Advantage; gain; profit.
  • noun Advantage; the state in which one has better means of action or defense than another; vantage-ground.
  • noun Opportunity; convenience.
  • noun Surplus; excess; addition.
  • noun In lawn-tennis, same as advantage
  • To profit; aid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun rare Superior or more favorable situation or opportunity; gain; profit; advantage.
  • noun A position offering a superior view of a scene or situation; -- used literally and figuratively; ; also called vantage point.
  • noun (Tennis), Brit. The first point scored after deuce; advantage{5}.
  • noun to have the advantage of; to be in a more favorable condition than.
  • noun superiority of state or place; the place or condition which gives one an advantage over another.
  • transitive verb obsolete To profit; to aid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An advantage.
  • noun A place or position affording a good view; a vantage point.
  • verb obsolete, transitive To profit; to aid.

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

  • noun place or situation affording some advantage (especially a comprehensive view or commanding perspective)
  • noun the quality of having a superior or more favorable position


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

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, short for Old French avantage, advantage; see advantage.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English vantage, by apheresis from advantage; see advantage.


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