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[ad-van-tijd, -vahn-] /ædˈvæn tɪdʒd, -ˈvɑn-/
having greater resources or better skills, education, facilities, etc.:
She is more advantaged than her cousin.
having sufficient or abundant income, natural resources, etc.; affluent:
the advantaged nations.
(used with a plural verb) advantaged people collectively (usually preceded by the):
a luxury cruise that only the advantaged could afford.
Origin of advantaged
1595-1605; advantage + -ed3
Related forms
unadvantaged, adjective


[ad-van-tij, -vahn-] /ædˈvæn tɪdʒ, -ˈvɑn-/
any state, circumstance, opportunity, or means specially favorable to success, interest, or any desired end:
the advantage of a good education.
benefit; gain; profit:
It will be to his advantage to learn Chinese before going to China.
superiority or ascendancy (often followed by over or of):
His height gave him an advantage over his opponent.
a position of superiority (often followed by over or of):
their advantage in experienced players.
Tennis. the first point scored after deuce.
verb (used with object), advantaged, advantaging.
to be of service to; yield profit or gain to; benefit.
to cause to advance; further; promote:
Such action will advantage our cause.
to prove beneficial to; profit:
It would advantage him to work harder.
have the advantage of, to be in a superior or advantageous position; possess an advantage over:
By virtue of independent wealth, he has the advantage of his opponents.
take advantage of,
  1. to make use of for gain:
    to take advantage of an opportunity.
  2. to impose upon, especially unfairly, as by exploiting a weakness:
    to take advantage of someone.
to advantage, to good effect; advantageously:
The paintings were arranged to advantage on one wall.
1300-50; Middle English ava(u)ntage < Anglo-French, Old French avantage, equivalent to avant before (see advance) + -age -age; for ad- see advance
2. Advantage, benefit, profit all mean something that is of use or value. Advantage is anything that places one in an improved position, especially in coping with competition or difficulties: It is to one's advantage to have traveled widely. Benefit is anything that promotes the welfare or improves the state of a person or group: a benefit to society. Profit is any valuable, useful, or helpful gain: profit from trade or experience. 6. serve, avail, help, aid. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for advantaged
  • We are totally physically advantaged over them, especially considering disease.
  • The achievement gap between them and their more advantaged peers was cut nearly in half.
  • The homeowner now has the beginnings of a tax-advantaged retirement plan, building college funds, and/or rainy day savings.
  • The administration's proposals so far are more limited, focusing on an expanded system of tax-advantaged health savings accounts.
  • The characters with whom the novel is concerned make up an advantaged group-they are well educated and well connected socially.
  • The achievement gap between students from advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds closed by nearly half.
  • At a minimum, take the full match in your tax-advantaged, employer-based retirement account.
  • Children of engaged parents are advantaged both academically and emotionally.
  • The first entrant is disproportionately advantaged in emerging markets.
  • High value-added jobs are necessary to keep our advantaged standard of living.
British Dictionary definitions for advantaged


in a superior social or economic position


often foll by over or of. superior or more favourable position or power: he had an advantage over me because of his experience
benefit or profit (esp in the phrase to one's advantage)
  1. the point scored after deuce
  2. the resulting state of the score
take advantage of
  1. to make good use of
  2. to impose upon the weakness, good nature, etc, of; abuse
  3. to seduce
to advantage, to good effect: he used his height to advantage at the game
you have the advantage of me, you know me but I do not know you
Word Origin
C14: avantage (later altered to advantage on the model of words beginning with Latin ad-), from Old French avant before, from Latin abante from before, away. See advance
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Word Origin and History for advantaged



early 14c., avantage, "position of being in advance of another," from Old French avantage "advantage, profit, superiority," from avant "before," probably via an unrecorded Late Latin *abantaticum, from Latin abante (see advance).

The -d- is a 16c. intrusion on the analogy of Latin ad- words. Meaning "a favoring circumstance" (the opposite of disadvantage) is from late 15c. Tennis score sense is from 1640s, first recorded in writings of John Milton, of all people. Phrase to take advantage of is first attested late 14c.

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