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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 took advantage of the downturn in real estate sales to get a good deal on a house. 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's unfortunately very common for elderly people to fall prey to online scam artists 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 coerce someone into a sexual interaction who is incapable of giving full or proper consent. That scumbag always tries to take advantage of the women who've had a few drinks at the holiday party. The coach was sentenced for taking advantage of one of the girls on his team.
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take advantage of someone or something

to utilize someone or something to the fullest extent. Try to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Please take advantage of the consultant while she is here in the office.
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take advantage of someone

 
1. to deceive someone. I knew that you wouldn't take advantage of me! I trusted you. Please don't take advantage of me the way you took advantage of Carl.
2. to impose on someone. I am glad to have your help. I hope I am not taking advantage of you. I am glad to do it. You are not taking advantage of me.
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take advantage of

Put to good use; avail oneself of; also, profit selfishly by, exploit. For example, Let's take advantage of the good weather and go hiking, or They really take advantage of her good nature, getting her to do all the disagreeable chores . [Late 1300s]
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take advantage of someone

COMMON If someone takes advantage of you, they treat you unfairly for their own benefit, especially when you are trying to be kind or to help them. She took advantage of him even after they were divorced. `I hope Simon's paying you for this,' she said. `Don't let him take advantage of you.'
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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.
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take advantage of

1 make good use of the opportunities offered by (something). 2 exploit or make unfair use of for your own benefit. 3 (of a man) seduce (especially a sexually inexperienced person). dated
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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).

take advantage of

1. To put to good use; avail oneself of: take advantage of all educational opportunities.
2. To make use of for selfish reasons; achieve a selfish goal by exploiting: took advantage of him by leaving him with the bill; took advantage of his unsuspecting nature.
3. To seduce.
See also: advantage, of, take
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I just thought Aldridge took advantage of us in that third quarter, the start of the third quarter on his post-ups.
They took advantage of us nine years ago to the extent that the Government, through taxpayers like you and me, had to sink PS45billion into the bank to keep it open.
As we became more tired we became more vulnerable and they took advantage of us.
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TERRORISED One told the trial: "He took advantage of us, he used to grope at us at every opportunity.
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Cook added: "You only improve by trying to benefit from the opportunities given to you and Keaton took advantage of us not signing an overseas batsman last year to form a good opening partnership with Mark Stoneman.
We were very inexperienced last season, they were a very streetwise team and they took advantage of us.
We failed to show up against Devils in that 7-1 game at our rink and they took advantage of us," said Sheffield top scorer Joey Talbot, who has scored four goals against Cardiff this season.
Fortunately the only teams that took advantage of us not playing were Leeds and Norwich.
They're such a good team, every time we broke down, they took advantage of us," Porter said.
They're very well-organised and they've some good footballers who took advantage of us not putting enough pressure on them in the early stages of the game.
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