Opportunity vs Advantage - What's the difference?

opportunity | advantage |

As nouns the difference between opportunity and advantage

is that opportunity is a chance for advancement, progress or profit while advantage is any condition, circumstance, opportunity or means, particularly favorable to success, or to any desired end.

As a verb advantage is

to provide (someone) with an advantage, to give an edge to.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



  • A chance for advancement, progress or profit.
  • Having a holiday is a great opportunity to relax.
    I wanted to become a professional, but because of my financial situation there were no opportunities .
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  • A favorable circumstance or occasion.
  • Derived terms

    * business opportunity * the ladder of opportunity * Land of Opportunity * equal opportunity * photo opportunity * opportunity cost * when opportunity knocks





    Alternative forms

    * advauntage (obsolete)


    (en noun)
  • Any condition, circumstance, opportunity or means, particularly favorable to success, or to any desired end.
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  • * Shakespeare
  • Give me advantage of some brief discourse.
  • * Macaulay
  • the advantages of a close alliance
  • (obsolete) Superiority; mastery; — used with of to specify its nature or with over to specify the other party.
  • * Bible, 2 Corinthians ii. 11
  • Lest Satan should get an advantage of us.
  • Superiority of state, or that which gives it; benefit; gain; profit; as, the advantage of a good constitution.
  • (tennis) The score where one player wins a point after deuce but needs the next too to carry the game.
  • (soccer) The continuation of the game after a foul against the attacking team, because the attacking team are in a advantageous position.
  • * November 17 2012 , BBC Sport: Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham
  • Webb played an advantage that enabled Cazorla to supply a low cross from the left for Giroud to sweep home first time, despite Gallas and Vertonghen being in close attendance.
  • Interest of money; increase; overplus (as the thirteenth in the baker's dozen).
  • * Shakespeare
  • And with advantage means to pay thy love.


    * foredeal, benefit, value, edge * vantage


    * disadvantage, drawback

    Derived terms

    * advantage ground * advantageous * advantageously * advantageousness * have the advantage * take advantage


  • To provide (someone) with an advantage, to give an edge to.
  • (reflexive) To do something for one's own benefit; to take advantage of.
  • *, II.7:
  • No man of courage vouchsafeth to advantage himselfe of that which is common unto many.

    Usage notes

    * Some authorities object to the use of advantage as a verb meaning "to provide with an advantage".


    * favor, favorise * benefit

    Derived terms

    * advantageable


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