To give an advantage to; to further; to promote; to benefit; to profit. 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. Superiority; mastery; - with of or over.
- Superiority of state, or that which gives it; benefit; gain; profit; as, the advantage of a good constitution. Interest of money; increase; over plus (as the thirteenth in the baker's dozen). To have the advantage of to have a personal knowledge of one who does not have a reciprocal knowledge.
Syn. - Advantage, Advantageous, Benefit, Beneficial. 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.