advantage
noun
1 thing that helps
ADJECTIVE
big, considerable, enormous, great, huge, overwhelming
clear, decided, decisive, definite, distinct, material, obvious, positive, real

The new design gives us a clear advantage over our competitors.

important, key, main, major, significant
dubious
unfair

The company has an unfair advantage over its competitors.

added, additional

These computers have the added advantage of being cheap.

special
potential
comparative, relative
mutual

The plan would be to our mutual advantage.

natural

the natural advantages of a fertile soil

commercial, competitive, economic, educational, electoral, financial, military, personal, political, practical, psychological, social, strategic, tactical, technical, technological

The company was able to gain a competitive advantage over its rivals by reducing costs.

cost, price, speed, tax
VERB + ADVANTAGE
have
gain, get

He would gain considerable advantage from staying in that job.

bring (sb), give sb, offer (sb)

Another qualification would give me a big advantage at job interviews.

press home

The commanders were anxious to press home their advantage with a further offensive in the north.

outweigh

They argue that the possible risks attached to such vaccines vastly outweigh any advantages.

PREPOSITION
to sb's advantage

It is to your advantage to delay things for as long as possible.

advantage in

There may be some advantage in laying down a clearer procedure.

advantage over

East coast resorts have the advantage over west coast ones.

advantage to

the advantage to both countries of closer economic ties

PHRASES
to good advantage, to sb/sth's best advantage

The bright lighting showed the jewels to their best advantage.

2 take advantage of make use of
ADJECTIVE
complete (esp. AmE), full, maximum

We took full advantage of the hotel facilities.

I took complete advantage of the situation.


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