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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. Any state, condition, or circumstance, favorable to success, prosperity, interest, or reputation.
The enemy had the advantage of elevated ground.
2. Benefit; gain; profit.
What advantage will it be to thee? Job 35.
There exists, in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage.
3. Means to an end; opportunity; convenience for obtaining benefit; as, student enjoy great advantages for improvement.
The General took advantage of his enemy's negligence.
4. Favorable state or circumstances; as, jewels set to advantage.
5. Superiority, or prevalence over; with of or over.
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us, (or over us.) 2 Corinthians 2.
6. Superiority, or that which gives it; as, the advantage of a good constitution.
7. Interest; increase; overplus.
And with advantage means to pay thy love. Obs.
8. Additional circumstance to give preponderation.
1. To benefit; as to yield profit or gain.
What is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? Luke 9.
2. To promote; to advance the interest of.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the quality of having a superior or more favorable position; "the experience gave him the advantage over me" [syn: advantage, vantage] [ant: disadvantage]
2: (tennis) first point scored after deuce
3: benefit resulting from some event or action; "it turned out to my advantage"; "reaping the rewards of generosity" [syn: advantage, reward] [ant: penalty] v
1: give an advantage to; "This system advantages the rich" [ant: disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English avantage, from Anglo-French, from avant before, from Late Latin abante Date: 1523 1. superiority of position or condition <higher ground gave the enemy the advantage> 2. a factor or circumstance of benefit to its possessor <lacked the advantages of an education> 3. a. benefit, gain; especially benefit resulting from some course of action <a mistake which turned out to our advantage> b. obsolete interest 2a 4. the first point won in tennis after deuce II. transitive verb (-taged; -taging) Date: 1549 to give an advantage to ; benefit

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a beneficial feature; a favourable circumstance. 2 benefit, profit (is not to your advantage). 3 (often foll. by over) a better position; superiority in a particular respect. 4 (in lawn tennis) the next point won after deuce. --v.tr. 1 be beneficial or favourable to. 2 further, promote. Phrases and idioms: have the advantage of be in a better position in some respect than. take advantage of 1 make good use of (a favourable circumstance). 2 exploit or outwit (a person), esp. unfairly. 3 euphem. seduce. to advantage in a way which exhibits the merits (was seen to advantage). turn to advantage benefit from. Derivatives: advantageous adj. advantageously adv. Etymology: ME f. OF avantage, avantager f. avant in front f. LL abante: see ADVANCE

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Advantage Ad*van"tage (?; 61, 48), n. [OE. avantage, avauntage, F. avantage, fr. avant before. See Advance, and cf. Vantage.] 1. Any condition, circumstance, opportunity, or means, particularly favorable to success, or to any desired end; benefit; as, the enemy had the advantage of a more elevated position. Give me advantage of some brief discourse. --Shak. The advantages of a close alliance. --Macaulay. 2. Superiority; mastery; -- with of or over. Lest Satan should get an advantage of us. --2 Cor. ii. 11. 3. Superiority of state, or that which gives it; benefit; gain; profit; as, the advantage of a good constitution. 4. Interest of money; increase; overplus (as the thirteenth in the baker's dozen). [Obs.] And with advantage means to pay thy love. --Shak. Advantage ground, vantage ground. [R.] --Clarendon. To have the advantage of (any one), to have a personal knowledge of one who does not have a reciprocal knowledge. ``You have the advantage of me; I don't remember ever to have had the honor.'' --Sheridan. To take advantage of, to profit by; (often used in a bad sense) to overreach, to outwit. Syn: Advantage, Advantageous, Benefit, Beneficial. Usage: We speak of a thing as a benefit, or as beneficial, when it is simply productive of good; as, the benefits of early discipline; the beneficial effects of adversity. We speak of a thing as an advantage, or as advantageous, when it affords us the means of getting forward, and places us on a ``vantage ground'' for further effort. Hence, there is a difference between the benefits and the advantages of early education; between a beneficial and an advantageous investment of money.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Advantage Ad*van"tage, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Advantaged; p. pr. & vb. n. Advantaging.] [F. avantager, fr. avantage. See Advance.] To give an advantage to; to further; to promote; to benefit; to profit. The truth is, the archbishop's own stiffness and averseness to comply with the court designs, advantaged his adversaries against him. --Fuller. What is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? --Luke ix. 25. To advantage one's self of, to avail one's self of. [Obs.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Turn Turn, v. i. 1. To move round; to have a circular motion; to revolve entirely, repeatedly, or partially; to change position, so as to face differently; to whirl or wheel round; as, a wheel turns on its axis; a spindle turns on a pivot; a man turns on his heel. The gate . . . on golden hinges turning. --Milton. 2. Hence, to revolve as if upon a point of support; to hinge; to depend; as, the decision turns on a single fact. Conditions of peace certainly turn upon events of war. --Swift. 3. To result or terminate; to come about; to eventuate; to issue. If we repent seriously, submit contentedly, and serve him faithfully, afflictions shall turn to our advantage. --Wake. 4. To be deflected; to take a different direction or tendency; to be directed otherwise; to be differently applied; to be transferred; as, to turn from the road. Turn from thy fierce wrath. --Ex. xxxii. 12. Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways. --Ezek. xxxiii. 11. The understanding turns inward on itself, and reflects on its own operations. --Locke. 5. To be changed, altered, or transformed; to become transmuted; also, to become by a change or changes; to grow; as, wood turns to stone; water turns to ice; one color turns to another; to turn Mohammedan. I hope you have no intent to turn husband. --Shak. Cygnets from gray turn white. --Bacon. 6. To undergo the process of turning on a lathe; as, ivory turns well. 7. Specifically: (a) To become acid; to sour; -- said of milk, ale, etc. (b) To become giddy; -- said of the head or brain. I'll look no more; Lest my brain turn. --Shak. (c) To be nauseated; -- said of the stomach. (d) To become inclined in the other direction; -- said of scales. (e) To change from ebb to flow, or from flow to ebb; -- said of the tide. (f) (Obstetrics) To bring down the feet of a child in the womb, in order to facilitate delivery. 8. (Print.) To invert a type of the same thickness, as temporary substitute for any sort which is exhausted. To turn about, to face to another quarter; to turn around. To turn again, to come back after going; to return. --Shak. To turn against, to become unfriendly or hostile to. To turn aside or away. (a) To turn from the direct course; to withdraw from a company; to deviate. (b) To depart; to remove. (c) To avert one's face. To turn back, to turn so as to go in an opposite direction; to retrace one's steps. To turn in. (a) To bend inward. (b) To enter for lodgings or entertainment. (c) To go to bed. [Colloq.] To turn into, to enter by making a turn; as, to turn into a side street. To turn off, to be diverted; to deviate from a course; as, the road turns off to the left. To turn on or upon. (a) To turn against; to confront in hostility or anger. (b) To reply to or retort. (c) To depend on; as, the result turns on one condition. To turn out. (a) To move from its place, as a bone. (b) To bend or point outward; as, his toes turn out. (c) To rise from bed. [Colloq.] (d) To come abroad; to appear; as, not many turned out to the fire. (e) To prove in the result; to issue; to result; as, the crops turned out poorly. To turn over, to turn from side to side; to roll; to tumble. To turn round. (a) To change position so as to face in another direction. (b) To change one's opinion; to change from one view or party to another. To turn to, to apply one's self to; have recourse to; to refer to. ``Helvicus's tables may be turned to on all occasions.'' --Locke. To turn to account, profit, advantage, or the like, to be made profitable or advantageous; to become worth the while. To turn under, to bend, or be folded, downward or under. To turn up. (a) To bend, or be doubled, upward. (b) To appear; to come to light; to transpire; to occur; to happen.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(advantages) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. An advantage is something that puts you in a better position than other people. They are deliberately flouting the law in order to obtain an advantage over their competitors... A good crowd will be a definite advantage to me and the rest of the team. ? disadvantage N-COUNT 2. Advantage is the state of being in a better position than others who are competing against you. Men have created a social and economic position of advantage for themselves over women. N-UNCOUNT 3. An advantage is a way in which one thing is better than another. This custom-built kitchen has many advantages over a standard one. ? disadvantage N-COUNT: oft N of n 4. If you take advantage of something, you make good use of it while you can. I intend to take full advantage of this trip to buy the things we need. PHRASE: V inflects, PHR n 5. If someone takes advantage of you, they treat you unfairly for their own benefit, especially when you are trying to be kind or to help them. She took advantage of him even after they were divorced. PHRASE: V inflects, PHR n 6. If you use or turn something to your advantage, you use it in order to benefit from it, especially when it might be expected to harm or damage you. The government have not been able to turn today's demonstration to their advantage. PHRASE: PHR after v

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

ad-van'-taj (cakhan): In Job 35:3 is interpreted in succeeding clause as "profit." In Ro 3:1 perissos, is likewise interpreted by a paraphrase in the next sentence. the Revised Version (British and American) prefers to render pleonekteo by "take advantage," where the King James Version has "defraud" (2Co 7:2), or "make gain of" (2Co 12:17; compare 2Co 2:11). In Jude 1:16 "advantage" (opheleia) means "profit."

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. 1. Favorable opportunity, vantageground, superior situation or condition, best estate, best plight. 2. Superiority, ascendency, pre-eminence, upper-hand. 3. Benefit, avail, profit, gain, emolument, return, utility, expediency, good, weal, service, blessing. 4. Behalf, behoof, account, interest. 5. Privilege, prerogative, convenience, accommodation. See easement. II. v. a. Benefit, profit, serve, help, avail, advance the interest of, be of advantage to, be of service to.

Moby Thesaurus

accommodation, account, advance, advancement, advantageously, advantageousness, advisability, allowance, amenity, answer, appliance, applicability, appropriateness, appurtenance, ascendancy, asset, avail, be handy, be of use, be right, befit, befitting, behalf, behoof, benediction, beneficialness, benefit, benison, bestead, better, betterment, blessing, boon, boost, break no bones, bulge, coign of vantage, conduce to, contribute to, convenience, deadwood, decency, desirability, do, do good, do no harm, do the trick, dominance, domination, draw, drop, edge, encourage, enhancement, expedience, expediency, expedite, facilitate, facility, favor, feasibility, fill the bill, fit, fitness, fittingness, flying start, foothold, footing, forward, fruitfulness, further, gain, give good returns, godsend, good, handicap, hasten, head start, heightening, help, hold, improvement, inside track, interest, jump, lead, leadership, lend wings to, make for, mastery, not come amiss, odds, opportuneness, overhand, pay, pay off, percentage, point, politicness, profit, profitability, promote, propriety, prosperity, prudence, purchase, push forward, put forward, quicken, relevance, rightness, running start, seasonableness, seemliness, serve, serve the purpose, service, serviceability, set forward, something extra, something in reserve, speed, start, suffice, suit the occasion, suitability, superiority, sway, timeliness, to advantage, toehold, traction, upper hand, use, usefulness, utility, value, vantage, vantage ground, vantage point, victory, welfare, well-being, whip hand, wisdom, work, work for, world of good, worth, worthwhileness, yield a profit


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