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advantage

noun uk   /ədˈvɑːn.tɪdʒ/ us    /-ˈvæn.t̬ɪdʒ/
B1 [C or U] a condition giving a greater chance of success: The advantage of booking tickets in advance is that you get better seats. Despite the twin advantages of wealth and beauty, she did not have a happy life. [+ to infinitive] It would be to your advantage (= it would improve the situation for you) to agree to his demands. For a goalkeeper, it's a great advantage to have big hands. His height and reach give him a big advantage over (= make him better than) other boxers. UK formal "Do you know how old I am?" "I'm afraid you have the advantage of me there (= you know the answer but I do not)."take advantage of sth B1 to use the good things in a situation: I thought I'd take advantage of the sports facilities while I'm here.take advantage of sb/sth B2 disapproving to treat someone badly in order to get something good from them: I think she takes advantage of his good nature. I know she's offered to babysit, but I don't want her to think we're taking advantage of her. [U] the word used in tennis when a player has won the point after deuce : Advantage Miss Williams!play advantage In games such as football, if a referee plays advantage, they do not stop the game when there is a foul because allowing play to continue gives an advantage to the team that has been fouled: The ref should have played advantage because Rooney would have been through on goal.
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in Korean 이점…
in Arabic مَنفَعة…
in French avantage…
in Turkish avantaj, üstünlük…
in Italian vantaggio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 有利條件,有利因素, 優勢, 好處…
in Russian преимущество…
in Polish korzyść, zaleta, przewaga…
in Spanish ventaja…
in Portuguese vantagem…
in German der Vorteil…
in Catalan avantatge…
in Japanese 利点, 有利な点, 強み…
in Chinese (Simplified) 有利条件,有利因素, 优势, 好处…
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