• WordNet 3.6
    • v advantage give an advantage to "This system advantages the rich"
    • n advantage benefit resulting from some event or action "it turned out to my advantage","reaping the rewards of generosity"
    • n advantage the quality of having a superior or more favorable position "the experience gave him the advantage over me"
    • n advantage (tennis) first point scored after deuce
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During the baseball rivalries between the two major leagues in the 1890s, the Pittsburgh Nationals took advantage of a technicality and signed a player away from another club. The Nationals' president, J. Palmer O'Neill, was called J. "Pirate" O'Neill, and his club became the Pittsburgh Pirates.
    • Advantage 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. "Give me advantage of some brief discourse.""The advantages of a close alliance."
    • Advantage Interest of money; increase; overplus (as the thirteenth in the baker's dozen). "And with advantage means to pay thy love."
    • Advantage Superiority of state, or that which gives it; benefit; gain; profit; as, the advantage of a good constitution.
    • Advantage Superiority; mastery; -- with of or over. "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us."
    • Advantage (Tennis) The first point scored after deuce.
    • advantage to be made profitable or advantageous; to become worth the while.
    • v. t Advantage To give an advantage to; to further; to promote; to benefit; to profit. "The truth is, the archbishop's own stiffness and averseness to comply with the court designs, advantaged his adversaries against him.""What is a man advantaged , if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n advantage 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 advantage Superiority or prevalence: regularly with of or over.
    • n advantage Benefit; gain; profit.
    • n advantage Usury; interest; increase.
    • n advantage A thirteenth article added to a dozen, making what is commonly known as a baker's dozen.
    • n advantage In lawn-tennis, the first point gained after deuce. Commonly called vantage. See lawn-tennis.
    • n advantage To overreach or impose upon
    • n advantage To utilize as a means toward overreaching or imposition.
    • n advantage 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.
    • advantage To benefit; be of service to; yield profit or gain to.
    • advantage To gain ground or win acceptance for; promote or further.
    • advantage To increase, as by interest.
    • advantage Reflexively, to cause to be an advantage to; avail (one's self).
    • advantage To gain an advantage; be benefited.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Advantage ad-vant′āj 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 Advantage to benefit or profit
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  • Sophia Loren
    Sophia Loren
    “The two big advantages I had at birth were to have been born wise and to have been born in poverty.”
  • George Santayana
    “It is a great advantage for a system of philosophy to be substantially true.”
  • Robert Collier
    “In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage. In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time.”
  • Voltaire
    “Animals have these advantages over man: They have no theologians to instruct them, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them.”
  • Sir Francis Drake
    Sir Francis Drake
    “The advantage of time and place in all practical actions is half a victory; which being lost is irrecoverable.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. avantage, avauntage, F. avantage, fr. avant, before. See Advance, and cf. Vantage


In literature:

An occasional school entertainment may add funds that could not be used to better advantage.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Nor was any advantage to be derived from the possession of the American capital.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
They offered very limited advantages to the young.
"The Printer Boy." by William M. Thayer
This mode of building, however, involves so much expense, and occupies so much space, that it cannot be used with advantage.
"Fire Prevention and Fire Extinction" by James Braidwood
Advantage accrues to side deploying the faster.= A great advantage accrues to the side which can deploy the faster.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Advantages are certainly to be derived from preserving the appearance of being well here; and such is the general opinion at present.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. VIII" by Various
Would the soft-handed occupations lose entirely the advantages in pay which they now commonly have?
"The Settlement of Wage Disputes" by Herbert Feis
As the Catholics in zeal and in union had a great advantage over the Protestants, so had they also an infinitely superior organization.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
What, then, is the advantage of making an actor the narrator?
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
To the cotton planters, the co-partnership has been eminently advantageous.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various

In poetry:

What have I from this world gained?
What advantage gathered ever?
For the hunt my falcon trained
I let fly--it went forever!
"Yesternight I Walked Abroad" by Anonymous European
Oft my Comforter sends me grief,
My Helper sends me no relief.
Yet herein my advantage lies,
That help and comfort he denies.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Let us consider then our case,
The vast advantage, and the grace,
That came unto a world undone,
From Jesus' sufferings alone.
"An Exhortation To Give God Thanks For Our Redemption Through Christ" by Rees Prichard
While, for well-weighed advantage sake,
Ruler and ruled alike
Built up the faith they meant to break
When the fit hour should strike.
"The Outlaws" by Rudyard Kipling
Life is a businesse, not good cheer;
Ever in warres.
The sunne still shineth there or here,
Whereas the starres
Watch an advantage to appeare.
"Employment [II]" by George Herbert
The convenience of the high trees!
The air's buoyancy and the sun's ray
Are of advantage to me;
And the earth's face upward for my inspection.
"Hawk Roosting" by Ted Hughes

In news:

Picking Up Where The Last Guy Left Off May Have Its Advantages.
The York County Council held off on a proposal to prevent some large produce operators from taking advantage of allowances for small, mom-and-pop roadside stands.
From subjects in Instructional Technology to Science to Reading/Language Arts, take advantage of the PBS TeacherLine online course offerings.
A list of cover crop benefits came easily for more than 50 farmers at the Iowa Crop Advantage workshop: erosion control, weed control, improved soil organic matter, nutrient retention, better water infiltration and reduced nitrogen losses.
Republicans have wiped out the advantage held by Democrats in recent election cycles among women, Catholics, less affluent Americans and independents.
The annual Black Friday boom of holiday shoppers appeared to a be a bust in the pre-dawn hours at some stores in the San Gabriel Valley, as many shoppers had taken advantage of even earlier start times for the holiday shopping season.
Komatsu america, Vernon Hills, Ill. Continues its onslaught of innovative machines by taking full advantage of versatile hydraulics.
A young lass attempts to take advantage of the Leap Day Marriage Proposal Exemption.
ITerra designs die, packaged components, and multi-chip modules (MCMs) that give customers strategic system performance advantages.
Recurve Crossbows Recurve crossbows rely on a simple yet effective recurve bow mounted on a stock and offer a number of advantages.
Crossbreeding has been shown by numerous research studies to enhance advantages in growth, longevity and maternal efficiency over straightbred cattle due to heterosis and has been popular among commercial cattlemen since the 1960s.
Measuring only 2.50 x 2.00 x 0.89 mm, the CXOQ crystal oscillator takes advantage of the latest advancements in quartz micro-machining and hermetically sealed ceramic package technologies.
Russia's CTC Media TV network plans to skew its programming toward a younger audience to take advantage of higher advertising revenues for the demo.
Oberlin Finds Way to Take Advantage of Its Most Culturally Relevant Alum.
Those who like a show with heart and humor should take advantage of this small window of opportunity.

In science:

The CsI(Tl) crystal offers certain advantages over the other possibilities.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
The advantage of the connected correlation functions is that they go to zero if at least one of the distances |z i − z j | goes to infinity (see Corollary 5.8 below).
Universality and scaling of zeros on symplectic manifolds
The advantages of the continued-fraction approach become clear while treating the periodic nonuniform chains.
Thermodynamic properties of the periodic nonuniform spin-1/2 isotropic XY chains in a transverse field
This method offers some advantages compared to others approaches, as the finite temperature one for instance.
AdS/CFT Correspondence and Type 0 String Theory
One advantage of observing the OH (1720 MHz) maser line is that it allows for a measurement of the strength of the magnetic field via Zeeman splitting (e.g.
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA