Definitions for: Advantage

[n] benefit resulting from some event or action; "it turned out to my advantage"; "reaping the rewards of generosity"
[n] the quality of having a superior or more favorable position; "he experience gave him the advantage over me"
[n] first point scored after deuce
[v] give an advantage to; "This system advantages the rich"

Webster (1913) Definition: Ad*van"tage (?; 61, 48), n. [OE. avantage,
avauntage, F. avantage, fr. avant before. See Advance, and
cf. Vantage.]
1. 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. --Shak.

The advantages of a close alliance. --Macaulay.

2. Superiority; mastery; -- with of or over.

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us. --2 Cor.
ii. 11.

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

4. Interest of money; increase; overplus (as the thirteenth
in the baker's dozen). [Obs.]

And with advantage means to pay thy love. --Shak.

Advantage ground, vantage ground. [R.] --Clarendon.

To have the advantage of (any one), to have a personal
knowledge of one who does not have a reciprocal knowledge.
``You have the advantage of me; I don't remember ever to
have had the honor.'' --Sheridan.

To take advantage of, to profit by; (often used in a bad
sense) to overreach, to outwit.

Syn: Advantage, Advantageous, Benefit, Beneficial.

Usage: We speak of a thing as a benefit, or as beneficial,
when it is simply productive of good; as, the benefits
of early discipline; the beneficial effects of
adversity. We speak of a thing as an advantage, or as
advantageous, when it affords us the means of getting
forward, and places us on a ``vantage ground'' for
further effort. Hence, there is a difference between
the benefits and the advantages of early education;
between a beneficial and an advantageous investment of

Ad*van"tage, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Advantaged; p.
pr. & vb. n. Advantaging.] [F. avantager, fr. avantage. See
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. --Fuller.

What is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world,
and lose himself, or be cast away? --Luke ix. 25.

To advantage one's self of, to avail one's self of. [Obs.]

Synonyms: reward, vantage

Antonyms: disadvantage, disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour, penalty

See Also: advantageousness, asset, benefit, expedience, expediency, favor, favor, favorable position, favorableness, favour, favour, favourable position, favourableness, gain, good, handicap, head start, homecourt advantage, lawn tennis, lead, leverage, plus, point, prefer, preference, privilege, profit, pull, start, superiority, tax advantage, tennis, welfare

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