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- advauntage (obsolete)
From Middle English avantage, avauntage, from Old French avantage, from avant (“before”), from Late Latin ab ante. The spelling with d was a mistake, a- being supposed to be from Latin ad (see advance). For sense development, compare foredeal.
advantage (countable and uncountable, plural advantages)
- (countable) Any condition, circumstance, opportunity or means, particularly favorable or chance to success, or to any desired end.
- The enemy had the advantage of a more elevated position.
- c. 1603–1604 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene i]:
- Give me advantage of some brief discourse.
- 1849–1861, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 45, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify |volume=I to V), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, →OCLC:
- the advantages of a close alliance
- 2013 June 7, Ed Pilkington, “‘Killer robots’ should be banned in advance, UN told”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 6:
- In his submission to the UN, [Christof] Heyns points to the experience of drones. Unmanned aerial vehicles were intended initially only for surveillance, and their use for offensive purposes was prohibited, yet once strategists realised their perceived advantages as a means of carrying out targeted killings, all objections were swept out of the way.
- (obsolete) Superiority; mastery; — used with of to specify its nature or with over to specify the other party.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, 2 Corinthians 2:11:
- Lest Satan should get an advantage of us.
- (countable, uncountable) Superiority of state, or that which gives it; benefit; gain; profit
- the advantage of a good constitution
- Having the faster car is of little advantage.
- (tennis) The score where one player wins a point after deuce but needs the next to carry the game.
- (soccer) The continuation of the game after a foul against the attacking team, because the attacking team are in an advantageous position.
- 2012 November 17, “Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham”, in BBC Sport:
- Webb played an advantage that enabled Cazorla to supply a low cross from the left for Giroud to sweep home first time, despite Gallas and Vertonghen being in close attendance.
- Interest of money; increase; overplus (as the thirteenth in the baker's dozen).
- c. 1596 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Life and Death of King Iohn”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene iii]:
- And with advantage means to pay thy love.
- (favorable condition or position): edge, vantage
- (superiority of state, positive aspect): benefit, perk, upside, pro, foredeal
- (in tennis): ad
- absolute advantage
- advantage ground
- comparative advantage
- competitive advantage
- have the advantage
- have the advantage of someone
- home advantage
- home field advantage
- mechanical advantage
- play the advantage
- rest of advantage
- selective advantage
- take advantage
- take advantage of
- take at advantage
- to one's advantage
any condition, circumstance, opportunity, or means, particularly favorable to success
superiority of state, or that which gives it
the score where one player wins a point after deuce
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advantage (third-person singular simple present advantages, present participle advantaging, simple past and past participle advantaged)
- (transitive) to provide (someone) with an advantage, to give an edge to [from 15th c.]
- (reflexive) to do something for one's own benefit; to take advantage of [from 16th c.]
- 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 7, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes […], book II, London: […] Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], →OCLC:
- No man of courage vouchsafeth to advantage himselfe [translating s'avantager] of that which is common unto many.
- Some authorities object to the use of advantage as a verb meaning "to provide with an advantage".
to provide with an edge
- advantage at OneLook Dictionary Search
- “advantage”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
From Old French, see above.
advantage m (plural advantages)
- 1595, Michel de Montaigne, Essais:
- Et pour commencer a luy oster son plus grand advantage contre nous, prenons voye toute contraire a la commune.
- And to start removing the biggest advantage it has against us, let's the take opposite route to the usual one.
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