take advantage

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take advantage (third-person singular simple present takes advantage, present participle taking advantage, simple past took advantage, past participle taken advantage)

  1. (intransitive) To profit from a situation deliberately.
    She took advantage of the economic crisis to exchange some money.
    • 2011 December 27, Mike Henson, “Norwich 0-2 Tottenham”, in BBC Sport:
      The trip to Carrow Road was a chance for Harry Redknapp's side to take advantage after their two closest London rivals and leaders Manchester City failed to take maximum points from Premier League clashes in the last two days.
  2. To make use of something.
    • 2013 May-June, William E. Conner, “An Acoustic Arms Race”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, pages 206–7:
      Nonetheless, some insect prey take advantage of clutter by hiding in it. Earless ghost swift moths become “invisible” to echolocating bats by forming mating clusters close (less than half a meter) above vegetation and effectively blending into the clutter of echoes that the bat receives from the leaves and stems around them.