Definition of “disadvantage” - English Dictionary

“disadvantage” in British English

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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.

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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

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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)