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Definition of the noun advantage

What does advantage mean as a name of something?

Advantage is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: advantages

  1. the quality of having a superior or more favorable position
  2. (tennis) first point scored after deuce
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic word: point = the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest
    • part of: lawn tennis / tennis = a game played with rackets by two or four players who hit a ball back and forth over a net that divides the court
  3. benefit resulting from some event or action
    • example: it turned out to my advantage
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of advantage: reward
    • more generic words: benefit / welfare = something that aids or promotes well-being

Alternative definition of the noun advantage


  1. Any condition, circumstance, opportunity or means, particularly favorable to success, or to any desired end.
  2. Superiority; mastery; — used with of to specify its nature or with over to specify the other party.
  3. Superiority of state, or that which gives it; benefit; gain; profit; as, the advantage of a good constitution.
  4. [tennis] The score where one player wins a point after deuce but needs the next too to carry the game.

Specialised definition of the noun advantage

Glossary of sports

in some team ball games, one option for decision open to the referee, where the game is not interrupted after a rule violation due to the fact that the team, who the foul was committed against, remains in possession of the ball and would be disadvantaged by an interruption of the game (advantage rule). (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / rugby league

if the referee plays advantage, he allows a period of time following an infringement to determine whether the other team will be better served by the award of a penalty, or by allowing play to continue (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / rugby union

if the referee plays advantage, he allows a period of time following an infringement to determine whether the other team will be better served by the award of a penalty, free kick or scrum, or by allowing play to continue (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

a principle of officiating: the referee allows the game to proceed unless a major infraction occurs; a minor infraction will not stop play if the non-offending team gains an advantage. An advantage may be territorial or may consist in gaining possession of the ball

Glossary of sports / soccer

when a team quickly advances the ball down the field in an attempt to get its players near the opponent's goal before the defenders have a chance to retreat

Glossary of sports / table tennis

the player who scores the first point after deuce is said to have the advantage

Glossary of sports / tennis

the score after deuce (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

the first point after deuce (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

the player who scores the first point after deuce is said to have the advantage, since winning the next point will also win the game

Definition of the verb advantage

What does advantage mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: advantaged | advantaging | advantages

  1. give an advantage to
    • example: This system advantages the rich
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • antonym: disadvantage
    • more generic words: favor / favour / prefer = promote over another


  1. "Advantage" is a 1977 Bulgarian drama film directed by Georgi Djulgerov. It was entered into the 28th Berlin International Film Festival, where Djulgerov won the Silver Bear for Best Director.
  2. "Advantage" is a 2007 drama and short film written by Rob Beamish and directed by Sean Byrne.


"Advantage" a.k.a. "Avantage 2" is a book by Amanda Rainger.


"Advantage" is the third album by Clock DVA, released in 1983 through Polydor Records. Singles from it were "Breakdown" and "Resistance". A video was filmed for the song "Resistance", it was directed by Peter Care.


Advantage a.k.a. The Advantage is an American rock band from Sacramento, California that formed in 1998 and specializes in doing covers of music from old NES games. The band is considered to be one of the original pioneers of the Nintendocore genre and widely praised for bringing video game music into the spotlight. Named after the Nintendo controller of the same name, the Advantage offers their own style and blend of video game rock. The band consists of Robby Moncrieff, Ben Milner, Carson McWhirter and Spencer Seim. Former Nevada Union High School students Nick Rogers and Forrest Harding are the two original members who started the band. Cassie Stewart was occasionally featured on bass as well.


Advantage: At Advantage, when it comes to choosing a marketing and distribution partner for your newstand and export business, we know you have options.


  1. Advantage: In cryptography, an adversary's advantage is a measure of how successfully it can attack a cryptographic algorithm, by distinguishing it from an idealized version of that type of algorithm. Note that in this context, the "adversary" is itself an algorithm and not a person. A cryptographic algorithm is considered secure if no adversary has a non-negligible advantage, subject to specified bounds on the adversary's computational resources. "Negligible" usually means "within O" where p is a security parameter associated with the algorithm. For example, p might be the number of bits in a block cipher's key.
  2. Advantage is a software.
  3. Advantage a.k.a. Advantage Northern Ireland Limited is an organization based in the United Kingdom.

Phrases with Advantage

Phrases ending with the word Advantage:

  1. to advantage
  2. tax advantage
  3. take advantage
  4. Absolute advantage
  5. Play the Advantage
  6. homecourt advantage
  7. Selective Advantage
  8. Home Field Advantage
  9. mechanical advantage
  10. Competitive advantage

Other phrases containing the word Advantage:

  1. Take Advantage of
  2. To Take Advantage of
  3. You Have the Advantage of Me

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Advantage

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Google previewWillard and Spackman's Occupational Therapy (2013)

by Barbara A. Schell, Glen Gillen, Marjorie Scaffa, Ellen S. Cohn

The advantage is that people will better understand that occupation is the important focus of our profession.

One major advantage is that the use of standardized performance analyses allows the trained occupational therapist to generate an ...

Google previewMethods of Cancer Diagnosis, Therapy and Prognosis (2008)

Breast Carcinoma by M. A. Hayat

Consequently, it offers several advantages over conventional RT-PCR and nested PCR methods. The first advantage is that the method dramatically increases the sensitivity of marker detection when compared to regular RT-PCR procedures.

Google previewStatistics for Economics (2012)

by Shahdad Naghshpour

However, has several advantages over The first advantage is that it reduces the number of symbols that one has to learn in half. The population parameter is μand its estimate μ. The second advantage is that it takes the guesswork out of which ...

Google previewParliamentary Debates (1970)

by New Zealand. Parliament. House of Representatives

The second advantage is that in many cases there is a comparatively small number to be examined and there is a considerable waste of effective time in getting the board together and carrying out the work — of setting aside an afternoon or a ...

Google previewAdvanced Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment: A Road to Safer Society and Environment (2011)

by Petr Hlavinek, Igor Winkler, Jiri Marsalek, Ivana Mahrikova

The advantage is that the wastewater cannot leak from the pipes, the flow velocity prevents from the settlement of solid particles in...

The advantage is a small scope of excavation work – the pipes are installed at a frost-free depth (0.9–1.2 m ), ...

Google previewExploring Services Science (2016)

7th International Conference, IESS 2016, Bucharest, Romania, May 25-27, 2016, Proceedings by Theodor Borangiu, Monica Dragoicea, Henriqueta Nóvoa

Competitive advantage is a function of how one firm exchanges its services to meet the needs of the customer relative to how another firm exchanges its...

Competitive advantage is the ability to create more economic value than competitors.

Google previewThe Practice of Medicinal Chemistry (2015)

by Camille Georges Wermuth, David Aldous, Pierre Raboisson, Didier Rognan

A second advantage is that cells contain more than one target. Throw a potential bactericidal compound on a culture of M. tuberculosis and you are testing its activity on 614 vital proteins, about 3,400 other proteins, and an unknown set of ...

Google previewFederal Retirement Guide

Medicare Advantage is the term used to describe the various health plan choices available to Medicare beneficiaries. If you are eligible for Medicare, you may choose to enroll in and get your Medicare benefits from a Medicare managed care ...

Google previewInfomatic Practices

by Reeta Sahoo, Gagan Sahoo

The first advantage is that they are much shorter to type. • The second and most important advantage is the portability provided by relative URLs. Fragment URL Using either the name attribute of an <A> element or the id attribute of any ...

Google previewCharge Injection Systems (2009)

Physical Principles, Experimental and Theoretical Work by J.S. Shrimpton

The second advantage is that in addition to more efficient operation for the version 2 design, the magnitude of the spray current...

Google previewLead Markets (2001)

Country-Specific Success Factors of the Global Diffusion of Innovations by Marian Beise

A transfer advantage means that information on the technological design of the lead market is more available than information on any other design. Risk can be associated with additional cost, e.g. additional investments to secure a possible ...

Google previewRouting and Quality-of-Service in Broadband LEO Satellite Networks (2003)

by Hoang Nam Nguyen

In the case of a satellite IP network, with IP routers implemented on-board, a major advantage is that the satellite...

Google previewExistence as Dialectical Tension (2012)

A Study of the First Philosophy of W. E. Hocking by A.R. Luther

The second nonreligious advantage is the suitability of Christianity to a free social application. There is room for application...

The third nonreligious advantage is that Christianity has developed a common people. In a certain sense it is ...

Google previewUnderstanding Boat Wiring (2003)

by John C. Payne

An additional advantage is that cables are properly protected from chafe and damage against the mast entrance hole, which often have sharp edges. A small nylon blind cord messenger line can be installed with the cables, and supported at ...

Google previewConfectionery Products Handbook (Chocolate, Toffees, Chewing Gum & Sugar Free Confectionery) (2013)

by NPCS Board

Steam heat provides a controllable way of heating food products – one advantage is that the maximum obtainable temperature is restricted to that of the steam. The use of steam implies a steam boiler and a system of pipes are needed to ...

Google previewMaking Strategy (2011)

Mapping Out Strategic Success by Fran Ackermann, Colin Eden

Gaining and sustaining competitive advantage is a natural focus of all for-profit organisations.

Thus, competitive advantage is the potential to do better than most competitors in any particular endeavour through a focus on customer ...

Google previewGuidelines for Analyzing and Managing the Security Vulnerabilities of Fixed Chemical Sites (2010)

by CCPS (Center for Chemical Process Safety)

The advantage is that the discussion of scenarios may result in the discovery of a vulnerability that was otherwise unknown or may result in a deeper understanding of the means of compromising an asset. Team brainstorming may produce ...

Google previewOrganizational Survival in the New World (2004)

by Alex Bennet, David Bennet

Sustainability means over the long term; competitive advantage means ahead of the competition, that is, the most desired producer or supplier as seen by the marketplace. Sustainable competitive advantage also means that the organization is ...

Google previewTask Groups in the Social Services (1995)

by Marian Fatout, Steven R. Rose

Several advantages of the Crawford slip-writing process have been identified by Van Gundy (1988). One major advantage is that this method generates a large number of ideas. Van Gundy estimated that 90% of the participants will write five ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Contemporary Early Childhood Education (2016)

by Donna Couchenour, J. Kent Chrisman

COR Advantage (2013) is designed to be used with young children from infancy through kindergarten age with each item scored along a developmental continuum. The previous preschool and infanttoddler versions were published in 2003.

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy (2002)

by R. J. Barry Jones

advantage. ADAM SMITH, among others, asserted the principle that each nation should export those goods in which it...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Church and Religious Organization Marketing (2013)

by Robert E Stevens, David L Loudon, Henry Cole, Bruce Wrenn

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE The search for competitive advantage lies at the heart of all marketing strategy. In fact...

Thus, the question that is central to the search for a competitive advantage has relevance for organizations of all types: “ Why ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Economics (2012)

by John Black, Nigar Hashimzade, Gareth Myles

absolute advantage The ability to produce an output using fewer inputs than other producers. With only one type of resource, such as hours of work, ...

Google previewA Compendious Medical Dictionary Containing an Explanation of the Terms (1801)

by Robert Hooper

Well known, atifl is attended with considerable advantage when judiciously applied. Sei.tzeii water is a saline water slightly alkaline, highly acidulated with carbonic acid, containing more of this volatile principle than is sufficient to saturate the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry (2010)

has a distinct advantage over ICP -QMS because of much higher signal response and its ability to resolve spectroscopic ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Resource Management (2016)

by Adrian Wilkinson, Stewart Johnstone

Competitive advantage 61 See also: Competence; Skills-based pay. References and selected further readings Boyatzis, R. (1982), The Competent Manager: A Model for Effective Performance, New York: John Wiley & Sons. Lawler, E. (1994) ...

Google previewEncyclopedia Of The Global Economy A Guide For Students And Researchers (2006)

by David E. O connor

An absolute advantage exists when a nation or other economic region is able to produce a good or service more efficiently than a second nation or region. Adam Smith, who penned An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of ...

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After all, despite the economic advantage to firms that employed child labor, it was in the social interest, as a national policy, to abolish it - removing that advantage for all firms. (Barry Commoner)
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Scrabble value of A1D2V4A1N1T1A1G2E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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