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vantage (2 by far the most freq. sense)
1. superior position, superiority MND. I. i. 102 “as fairly rank'd If not with ,” H5 III. vi. 156 “an enemy of craft and ,” Lucr. 249 “Urging . . . for ” (=putting in the most favourable light); phr. 2H4 II. iii. 53 “get ground and of the king,” H5 IV. i. 300 “Had the fore-hand and vantage of a king.”
2. opportunity, = ADVANTAGE 1, Gent. I. iii. 82, IV. i. 29, Shr. III. ii. 147 “watch our ,” 1H6 IV. v. 28 “for ” (=to get a good opportunity), Cor. V. v. [vi.] 54 “at your , . . . let him feel your sword,” Mac. I. ii. 31 “surveying ,” I. vi. 7 “coign of ” (=convenient corner), Ham. V. ii. 404, Cym. I. iii. 24 “With his next ,” Ven. 635 [the boar] “having thee at ” (=in a position favourable to himself).
3. benefit, profit, gain John II. i. 550, Cor. I. i. 166 “to win some ,” Cym. V. v. 199 “for my , excellent,” Sonn. lxxxviii. 12.
4. “of , to the ,” in addition, besides Ham. III. iii. 33, Oth. IV. iii. 87.
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