1 aid, asset, assistance, benefit, boon, convenience, gain, help, profit, service, use, usefulness.
2 have an advantage. dominance, edge, inf head start, superiority. take advantage of D EXPLOIT.
The United States government had been in shutdown for 35 days as a result of an argument around a spending bill. The seals didn’t mind though. They took advantage of it and moved onto the beach to breed.