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noun advantage pronunciation in American English /ədˈvæntɪdʒ/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] something that makes one person or thing more likely to succeed than others
    the advantages of a good education
    give someone an advantage: Her teaching experience gives her an advantage when working with children.
    advantage over: He thought that our team had an advantage over its opponents because of the bad weather.
    be at an advantage: She was at a distinct advantage because people trusted her.
    to someone’s advantage (=making you more likely to succeed): It would be to your advantage to prepare questions in advance.
    1. a.
      [countable] a good feature or quality that something has
      Having children when you’re older has both advantages and disadvantages.
      Flexibility is one of the many advantages of working from home.
      have the advantage of something: The equipment has the additional advantage of being easy to carry.
    2. b.
      [uncountable] benefit to yourself
      Important principles are being sacrificed for political advantage.
      Some people try to gain advantage by exploiting their personal contacts.
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] used for saying the name of a player in tennis who wins the point after deuce
    Advantage Hingis.
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