disadvantage Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “disadvantage” in the English Dictionary

"disadvantage" in British English

See all translations

disadvantagenoun [C or U]

uk   /ˌdɪs.ədˈvɑːn.tɪdʒ/ us   /ˌdɪs.ədˈvæn.t̬ɪdʒ/
B1 a condition or situation that causes problems, especially one that 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 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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

disadvantageous
adjective uk   /ˌdɪsˌæd.vənˈteɪ.dʒəs/ us   /ˌdɪsˌæd.vænˈteɪ.dʒəs/

disadvantageverb [T]

uk   /ˌdɪs.ədˈvɑːn.tɪdʒ/ us   /ˌdɪs.ədˈvæn.t̬ɪdʒ/
(Definition of disadvantage from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"disadvantage" in American English

See all translations

disadvantagenoun [C]

us   /ˌdɪs·ədˈvæn·tɪdʒ/
something that makes a successful result less likely, esp. less likely for you than it is for others: There are disadvantages to living in a rural area.
at a disadvantage
If you are at a disadvantage, you are in a situation in which you are less likely to succeed than others: She felt that being so young put her at a disadvantage for the executive position.
(Definition of disadvantage from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of disadvantage?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“disadvantage” in British English

Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

biodegrade

to decay naturally and in a way that is not harmful

Word of the Day

decision fatigue noun
decision fatigue noun
May 30, 2016
a decreased ability to make decisions as a result of having too many decisions to make Our brains have a finite number of decisions they can make before they get depleted and become less discerning – so this is called decision fatigue.

Read More