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Advantage (verb)

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To Adva'ntage. v.a. [from the noun.]

  1. To benefit.

    Convey what I set down, to my lady: it shall advantage more than ever the bearing of letter did. Shakespeare's Twelfth-Night.

    The great business of the senses being to make us take notice of what hurts or advantages the body, it is wisely ordered by nature, that pain should accompany the reception of several ideas. Locke.

    We should have pursued some other way, more effectual, for distressing the common enemy, and advantaging ourselves. Swift.

    The trial hath endamag'd thee no way,
    Rather more honour left, and more esteem;
    Me naught advantag'd, missing what I aim'd.
    Par. Regained.

  2. To promote; to bring forward; to gain ground.

    To ennoble it with the spirit that inspires the Royal Society, were to advantage it in one of the best capacities in which it is improveable. Glanville's Scepsis Scientifica, Pref.

Sources: Glanvill, Joseph (53) · Locke, John (269) · Milton, John (449) · Swift, Jonathan (306) · Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (36)

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