advantage

An advantage is like a head start in a race; it's that thing that gives you a better chance.

The noun advantage also refers to a reward or benefit of some action or event. Being sick with the flu had the advantage of kick-starting your diet because you didn't feel like eating much. If you leverage the benefits, you are taking advantage of the situation. If you go on a business trip to Hawaii, you could take advantage of the opportunity and spend an extra day or two on vacation.

Primary Meanings of advantage

1.
nv
the quality of having a superior or more favorable position
give an advantage to
2.
n
(tennis) first point scored after deuce
Full Definitions of advantage
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n the quality of having a superior or more favorable position

“the experience gave him the advantage over me”
Synonyms:
vantage
Antonyms:
disadvantage
the quality of having an inferior or less favorable position
Types:
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favor, favour
an advantage to the benefit of someone or something
leverage
strategic advantage; power to act effectively
handicap
advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning
homecourt advantage
the advantage of playing on your home court in front of fans who are rooting for you
lead
an advantage held by a competitor in a race
clout, pull
special advantage or influence
head start, start
the advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race)
gain, profit
the advantageous quality of being beneficial
preference
grant of favor or advantage to one over another (especially to a country or countries in matters of international trade, such as levying duties)
privilege
a special advantage or immunity or benefit not enjoyed by all
expedience, expediency
the quality of being suited to the end in view
favorable position, favourable position, superiority
the quality of being at a competitive advantage
good
benefit
advantageousness, favorableness, favourableness, positiveness, positivity, profitableness
the quality of being encouraging or promising of a successful outcome
tax advantage
an advantage bestowed by legislation that reduces a tax on some preferred activity
bargaining chip
leverage in the form of an inducement or a concession useful in successful negotiations
account
the quality of taking advantage
gainfulness, lucrativeness, profitability, profitableness
the quality of affording gain or benefit or profit
edge
a slight competitive advantage
inside track
a favorable position in a competition
upper hand, whip hand
position of advantage and control
common good, commonweal
the good of a community
auspiciousness, propitiousness
the favorable quality of strongly indicating a successful result
penalty
(games) a handicap or disadvantage that is imposed on a competitor (or a team) for an infraction of the rules of the game
scratch
(golf) a handicap of zero strokes
Type of:
asset, plus
a useful or valuable quality

n benefit resulting from some event or action

“it turned out to my advantage
Synonyms:
reward
Antonyms:
penalty
the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition
Type of:
benefit, welfare
something that aids or promotes well-being

v give an advantage to

“This system advantages the rich”
Antonyms:
disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour
put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm
Type of:
favor, favour, prefer
promote over another
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n (tennis) first point scored after deuce

Type of:
point
the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest

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