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take advantage

part of speech: phrase
definition 1: to selfishly exploit an opportunity or weakness, or use in a selfish manner for one's own benefit (usu. fol. by "of").
Because she is such a trusting person, people take advantage of her sometimes.Thanks very much, but it would be wrong of me to take advantage of your kindness.He didn't really want to be friends with me; he just took advantage of me to get close to my boss.It's terrible that you took advantage in this way.
definition 2: to profit from something or make use of something (usu. fol. by "of").
It's good that she took advantage of the chance to go to college.He should take advantage of this opportunity and not let it go to waste.Good things are being offered, and you should really take advantage.