Pronunciation: (ad-van'tij, -vän'-), [key]
—n., v., -taged, -taging.
1. any state, circumstance, opportunity, or means specially favorable to success, interest, or any desired end: the advantage of a good education.
2. benefit; gain; profit: It will be to his advantage to learn Chinese before going to China.
3. superiority or ascendancy (often fol. by over or of): His height gave him an advantage over his opponent.
4. a position of superiority (often fol. by over or of): their advantage in experienced players.
5. Tennis.the first point scored after deuce.
6. have the advantage of, to be in a superior or advantageous position; possess an advantage over: By virtue of independent wealth, he has the advantage of his opponents.
7. take advantage of,
a. to make use of for gain: to take advantage of an opportunity.
b. to impose upon, esp. unfairly, as by exploiting a weakness: to take advantage of someone.
8. to advantage, to good effect; advantageously: The paintings were arranged to advantage on one wall.
1. to be of service to; yield profit or gain to; benefit.
2. to cause to advance; further; promote: Such action will advantage our cause.
3. to prove beneficial to; profit: It would advantage him to work harder.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.