What does advantage mean?

Definitions for advantage
ædˈvæn tɪdʒ, -ˈvɑn-ad·van·tage

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. advantage, vantagenoun

    the quality of having a superior or more favorable position

    "the experience gave him the advantage over me"

  2. advantagenoun

    (tennis) first point scored after deuce

  3. advantage, rewardverb

    benefit resulting from some event or action

    "it turned out to my advantage"; "reaping the rewards of generosity"

  4. advantageverb

    give an advantage to

    "This system advantages the rich"


  1. Advantagenoun

    (Tennis) The first point scored after deuce.


  1. advantagenoun

    Any condition, circumstance, opportunity or means, particularly favorable to success, or to any desired end.

  2. advantagenoun

    Superiority; mastery; used with of to specify its nature or with over to specify the other party.

  3. advantagenoun

    Superiority of state, or that which gives it; benefit; gain; profit; as, the advantage of a good constitution.

  4. advantagenoun

    The score where one player wins a point after deuce but needs the next too to carry the game.

  5. advantageverb

    To provide (someone) with an advantage, to give an edge to.

  6. advantageverb

    To do something for one's own benefit; to take advantage of.

  7. Etymology: From avantage, avauntage, from avantage, from avant, from abante. The spelling with d was a mistake, a- being supposed to be from Latin ad (see advance). For sense development, compare foredeal.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ADVANTAGEnoun

    Etymology: avantage, Fr.

    In the practical prudence of managing such gifts, the laity may have some advantage over the clergy; whose experience is, and ought to be, less of this world than the others. Thomas Sprat.

    All other sorts and sects of men would evidently have the advantage of us, and a much surer title to happiness than we. Francis Atterbury, Sermons. Preface to his.

    The common law hath left them this benefit, whereof they make advantage, and wrest it to their bad purposes. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    But specially he took advantage of the night for such privy attempts, insomuch that the bruit of his manliness was spread every-where. 2 Macc. viii. 7.

    It is a noble and a sure defiance of a great malice, backed with a great interest; which yet can have no advantage of a man, but from his own expectations of something that is without him. Robert South, Sermons.

    As soon as he was got to Sicily, they sent for him back; designing to take advantage, and prosecute him in the absence of his friends. Jonathan Swift, on the Dissent in Athens and Rome.

    I beseech you,
    If you think fit, or that it may be done,
    Give me advantage of some brief discourse
    With Desdemona alone. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Like jewels to advantage set,
    Her beauty by the shade does get. Edmund Waller.

    A face, which is over-flushed, appears to advantage in the deepest scarlet, and the darkest complexion is not a little alleviated by a black hood. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 265.

    True wit is nature to advantage dress’d,
    What oft was thought, but ne’er so well express’d. Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism.

    For thou saidst, what advantage will it be unto thee, and what profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin? Job, xxxv. 3.

    Certain it is, that advantage now sits in the room of conscience, and steers all. Robert South, Sermons.

    O my gentle Hubert,
    We owe thee much; within this wall of flesh
    There is a soul counts thee her creditor,
    And with advantage means to pay thy love. William Shakespeare, King John.

    You said, you neither lend nor borrow
    Upon advantage. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    Much more should the consideration of this pattern arm us with patience against ordinary calamities; especially if we consider his example with this advantage, that though his sufferings were wholly undeserved, and not for himself but for us, yet he bore them patiently. John Tillotson.

  2. To Advantageverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Convey what I set down to my lady: it shall advantage more than ever the bearing of letter did. William Shakespeare, Twelfth-Night.

    The great business of the senses being to make us take notice of what hurts or advantages the body, it is wisely ordered by nature, that pain should accompany the reception of several ideas. John Locke.

    We should have pursued some other way, more effectual, for distressing the common enemy, and advantaging ourselves. Jonathan Swift.

    The trial hath endamag’d thee no way,
    Rather more honour left, and more esteem;
    Me naught advantag’d, missing what I aim’d. Par. Regained.

    To ennoble it with the spirit that inspires the Royal Society, were to advantage it in one of the best capacities in which it is improveable. Joseph Glanvill, Scepsis Scientifica, Pref.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Advantagenoun

    any condition, circumstance, opportunity, or means, particularly favorable to success, or to any desired end; benefit; as, the enemy had the advantage of a more elevated position

  2. Advantagenoun

    superiority; mastery; -- with of or over

  3. Advantagenoun

    superiority of state, or that which gives it; benefit; gain; profit; as, the advantage of a good constitution

  4. Advantagenoun

    interest of money; increase; overplus (as the thirteenth in the baker's dozen)

  5. Advantageverb

    to give an advantage to; to further; to promote; to benefit; to profit

  6. Etymology: [OE. avantage, avauntage, F. avantage, fr. avant before. See Advance, and cf. Vantage.]


  1. Advantage

    Advantage is the third album by Clock DVA, released in 1983 through Polydor Records. Singles from it were "Breakdown" and "Resistance".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Advantage

    ad-vant′āj, n. superiority over another: gain or benefit: at tennis, the point gained by either side after deuce, when both sides stand at an equal score (more commonly Vant′age).—v.t. to benefit or profit.—adjs. Advan′tageable, profitable: convenient (rare); Advantā′geous, of advantage: useful (with to and for).—adv. Advantā′geously.—n. Advantā′geousness.—To have the advantage of any one, to be known by a person without one's self knowing him; To take at advantage, to avail one's self of any opportunity, often implying an unfair sense. [Fr. avantage (It. vantaggio)—Fr. avant, before. See Advance.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. advantage

    That which gives superiority of attack on, or defence against, an enemy; affording means of annoyance or resistance.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'advantage' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1408

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'advantage' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1930

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'advantage' in Nouns Frequency: #432

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of advantage in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of advantage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of advantage in a Sentence

  1. Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu:

    The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.Through this I know the advantage of taking no action.

  2. Ben Wood:

    Qualcomm has a scale advantage, huawei's commitment to continue innovating on silicon is really impressive, especially given the geopolitical headwinds they are facing.

  3. Simon Applebaum:

    For example a network like Bravo or Discovery, they sort of see scripted as a natural way to expand their brand, they are also trying to take advantage of the fact that scripted is white hot. Everybody wants to do it. There are so many ways to do it now. There are so many people that want to get in and do scripted television. The rise of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon has really raised the creative bar about what people can do.

  4. Muhammad Sani Abdullahi:

    The Chadian government needs to take advantage of the opportunities the internet offers for economic development and especially for young people, for young people who constitute a greater chunk of the populace, reliance on the internet for daily functions has become a must, business, both small and large wouldn't be able to continue their everyday activities should the government keep the people cut out.

  5. Rice University:

    Evolution is faster or slower depending on how much of an advantage there is to having a certain mutation, if a mutation pops up for people living on Mars, and it gives them a 50-percent survival advantage, thats ahugeadvantage, right? And that means that those individuals are going to be passing those genes on at a much higher rate than they otherwise would have.

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