take advantage of something/somebody

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take advantage of (someone or something)

1. To utilize or avail oneself of something to the fullest possible extent. We're taking advantage of the downturn in real estate sales to get a good deal on a house for ourselves. You should take advantage of the hotel's gym and pool while we're here.
2. To exploit someone or something for one's own purpose, gain, or agenda. It unfortunately very common for elderly people to fall prey to scam artists online, who take advantage of their lack of technological know-how. Advertisers try to take advantage of our basic need to feel included in a group, making us feel that we're somehow missing out if we aren't buying what they're selling.
3. To seduce someone into a sexual interaction who is naïve or incapable of giving full or proper consent. The doctor is accused of taking advantage of a number several different patients throughout the years. The man was sentenced to 30 years in prison after it was discovered he'd been taking advantage of kids in the camp.
See also: advantage, of, take

take advantage of something

COMMON If you take advantage of something, you make good use of the opportunities it gives you. I intend to take full advantage of this trip to buy the things we need. While I'm gone take advantage of my absence — have some friends over.
See also: advantage, of, something, take

take adˈvantage of something/somebody


1 make good use of something; to make use of an opportunity: We made sure that we took full advantage of the hotel facilities.Take advantage of our special offer and get two books for the price of one!
2 make use of somebody/something in a way that is unfair or dishonest: He took advantage of my generosity (= for example, by taking more than I had intended to give).