To take advantage of
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. [1913 Webster]

Give me advantage of some brief discourse. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The advantages of a close alliance. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. Superiority; mastery; -- with of or over. [1913 Webster]

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us. --2 Cor. ii. 11. [1913 Webster]

3. Superiority of state, or that which gives it; benefit; gain; profit; as, the advantage of a good constitution. [1913 Webster]

4. Interest of money; increase; overplus (as the thirteenth in the baker's dozen). [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

And with advantage means to pay thy love. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]


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  • To take advantage of — Take Take, v. t. [imp. {Took} (t[oo^]k); p. p. {Taken} (t[=a]k n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.] 1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take care of — Take Take, v. t. [imp. {Took} (t[oo^]k); p. p. {Taken} (t[=a]k n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.] 1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take hold of — Take Take, v. t. [imp. {Took} (t[oo^]k); p. p. {Taken} (t[=a]k n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.] 1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take notice of — Take Take, v. t. [imp. {Took} (t[oo^]k); p. p. {Taken} (t[=a]k n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.] 1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take account of — Account Ac*count , n. [OE. acount, account, accompt, OF. acont, fr. aconter. See {Account}, v. t., {Count}, n., 1.] 1. A reckoning; computation; calculation; enumeration; a record of some reckoning; as, the Julian account of time. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • take advantage of — {v. phr.} 1. To make good use of. * /The cat took advantage of the high grass to creep up on the bird./ * /Jean took advantage of the lunch hour to finish her homework./ 2. To treat (someone) unfairly for your own gain or help; make unfair use of …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • take advantage of — {v. phr.} 1. To make good use of. * /The cat took advantage of the high grass to creep up on the bird./ * /Jean took advantage of the lunch hour to finish her homework./ 2. To treat (someone) unfairly for your own gain or help; make unfair use of …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • take advantage of — phrasal 1. to use to advantage ; profit by 2. to impose on ; exploit; also to exploit sexually …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • To make account of — Account Ac*count , n. [OE. acount, account, accompt, OF. acont, fr. aconter. See {Account}, v. t., {Count}, n., 1.] 1. A reckoning; computation; calculation; enumeration; a record of some reckoning; as, the Julian account of time. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be turned of — Turn Turn (t[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Turned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Turning}.] [OE. turnen, tournen, OF. tourner, torner, turner, F. tourner, LL. tornare, fr. L. tornare to turn in a lathe, to rounds off, fr. tornus a lathe, Gr. ? a turner s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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