Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “disadvantage”

disadvantage

noun [C or U] uk   /ˌdɪs.ədˈvɑːn.tɪdʒ/ us    /-ˈvæn.t̬ɪdʒ/
B1 a condition or situation that causes problems, especially one which causes something or someone to be less successful than other things or people: One disadvantage of living in the town is the lack of safe places for the children to play. We need to consider whether the disadvantages of the plan outweigh the advantages. at a disadvantage C2 in a situation in which you are less likely to succeed than others: He's at a disadvantage being so shy. This new law places/puts poorer families at a distinct disadvantage.
disadvantageous
adjective uk   /ˌdɪsˌæd.vənˈteɪ.dʒəs/ us    /-væn-/

disadvantage

verb [T] uk   /ˌdɪs.ədˈvɑːn.tɪdʒ/ us    /-ˈvæn.t̬ɪdʒ/
to cause someone or something to be less successful than most other people or things: Teachers claim such measures could unfairly disadvantage ethnic minorities.
(Definition of disadvantage from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of disadvantage?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Advantage and disadvantage, but you might be interested in these topics from the Chance and possibility topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “disadvantage” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

monster

any imaginary frightening creature, especially one that is large and strange

Word of the Day

What’s that lovely smell?

by Kate Woodford,
October 29, 2014
As adult humans, we can distinguish about 10,000 different smells. It’s no wonder, then, that we have so many words and expressions to describe them. This week we’re taking a look at those smell words – words that describe good smells and words that describe bad smells. Most smell words are either

Read More 

high-frequency trading noun

October 27, 2014
a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of

Read More