A vantage is a really good place from which to survey a scene. You might find that the roof of the house offers an excellent vantage from which to drop water balloons on your kid brother’s head.

Vantage is a variation of advantage, but when we use vantage we’re almost always talking about a position, not just general superiority. If you had extra tutoring for a big exam, you would have the advantage over a classmate who didn’t. But if your seat for the test allowed you to see the answer sheet lying on the desk, well then you would have a superior vantage — not that you would take advantage of that, of course!

Definitions of vantage
  1. noun
    place or situation affording some advantage (especially a comprehensive view or commanding perspective)
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    vantage point, viewpoint
    a place from which something can be viewed
    type of:
    place, position
    the particular portion of space occupied by something
  2. noun
    the quality of having a superior or more favorable position
    synonyms: advantage
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    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
    strategic advantage; power to act effectively
    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
    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
    grant of favor or advantage to one over another (especially to a country or countries in matters of international trade, such as levying duties)
    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
    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
    the quality of taking advantage
    gainfulness, lucrativeness, profitability, profitableness
    the quality of affording gain or benefit or profit
    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
    (games) a handicap or disadvantage that is imposed on a competitor (or a team) for an infraction of the rules of the game
    (golf) a handicap of zero strokes
    type of:
    asset, plus
    a useful or valuable quality
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