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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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Danang [Vietnam], Nov.10 ( ANI ): In a strongly worded message to the Asian leaders, United States President Donald Trump has brought his hard-line economic nationalism to the world stage, stating that Washington will not be taken advantage of anymore.
"Already, we have had a number of customers across both retail and commercial vehicle sales who have taken advantage of the scheme by trading-in their old vehicles and driving away in a brand-new Ford."
ISLAMABAD, December 17, 2009 (Frontier Star): Senior official of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday again made it clear that culprits who have taken advantage of NRO will not be exempted from the list of ECL except President Asif Ali Zardari.
"I think any person would have taken advantage of that in just the same way.
NEARLY 100 workers in Denbighshire have taken advantage of an Assembly Government-funded training scheme during the recession.
Summary: The outgoing minister of tourism is warning that tourists visiting the country are being taken advantage of by local establishments, which are not adhering to approved price lists.
Or that more and more consumers really disapprove of others being taken advantage of in their name and supposedly on their behalf.
A large number of the applicants have also taken advantage of the numerous evening courses, a fact that enabled them to keep their jobs and study.
Nearly 13,500 people in Ogmore have taken advantage of the Government's winter fuel payment.
The Judicial executive notes that electronic filing of UCC forms has been available in New York City for nearly a year, "but no one has taken advantage of it because doing so requires sophisticated software and an emphasis on applying technology for maximum productivity."
The band have been working with Blur and Doves producer Ben Hiller at a farm in Scarborough and have taken advantage of recording in a different environment.
More recently, portable consumer products have taken advantage of nonvolatile memory provided by fast, high-capacity microchips.
Hollywood golden girl Goldie Hawn last night revealed how she was taken advantage of on the Tinseltown casting couch as a young actress.
Farmers also have taken advantage of the strong dollar to pay off debts, which were converted to pesos immediately after devaluation.