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.

Definitions of advantage
  1. noun
    the quality of having a superior or more favorable position
    “the experience gave him the advantage over me”
    synonyms: vantage
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    disadvantage
    the quality of having an inferior or less favorable position
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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, weal
    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
  2. noun
    benefit resulting from some event or action
    “it turned out to my advantage
    synonyms: reward
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    penalty
    the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition
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    benefit, welfare
    something that aids or promotes well-being
  3. verb
    give an advantage to
    “This system advantages the rich”
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    disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour
    put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm
    type of:
    favor, favour, prefer
    promote or prefer over another
  4. noun
    (tennis) first point scored after deuce
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    point
    the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest
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