take advantage of

take advantage of
phrasal
1. : to make use of for one's own benefit : use to advantage : profit by

extends his examination … to take advantage of modern methods of diagnosis — Morris Fishbein

feels we are not taking proper advantage of our opportunity — R.A.Smith

was always good to people … and there was those that took advantage of him — Nigel Balchin

not above taking advantage of another's weakness

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take advantage of
1. To avail oneself of
2. To make undue use of an advantage over
3. To seduce
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Main Entry:advantage

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I
1) make unfair demands on (someone) who cannot or will not resist; exploit or make unfair use of for one's own benefit

people tend to take advantage of a placid nature

dated (used euphemistically) seduce
2) make good use of the opportunities offered by (something)

take full advantage of the facilities available

II
take advice, etc. see , advice, etc

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take advantage of
1 : to use (something, such as an opportunity) in a way that helps you : to make good use of (something)

We took advantage of the warm weather and did some yard work.

They are taking advantage of an opportunity to travel.

You should take (full) advantage of this opportunity while you can.

2 a : to ask for or expect more than is fair or reasonable from (someone) : to treat (someone who is generous or helpful) unfairly

After a while, I began to think she was taking advantage of me.

2 b : to use (something) unfairly for personal gain

He took advantage of [=exploited] my lack of knowledge.

She took advantage of our generosity.

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Main Entry:advantage

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Synonyms:
, / (by some advantage of superior knowledge or of opportunity),


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