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avail

[uh-veyl] /əˈveɪl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to be of use or value to; profit; advantage:
All our efforts availed us little in trying to effect a change.
verb (used without object)
2.
to be of use; have force or efficacy; serve; help:
His strength did not avail against the hostile onslaught.
3.
to be of value or profit.
noun
4.
advantage; use; efficacy; effective use in the achievement of a goal or objective:
His belated help will be of little or no avail.
5.
avails, Archaic. profits or proceeds.
Idioms
6.
avail oneself of, to use to one's advantage:
They availed themselves of the opportunity to hear a free concert.
Origin of avail
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English availe, equivalent to a- a-2 + vaile < Old French vail- (stem of valoir) < Latin valēre to be of worth
Related forms
availingly, adverb
unavailed, adjective
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  • His instinct of sympathy with which he had greeted her at the outset was repelled, and made of no avail.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Now, he was her humble petitioner, but this servility could be of no avail to save him from shame.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Yates was something of a wrestler himself, but his skill was of no avail on this occasion.

  • She saw all this mentally; but would it avail anything in actuality?

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  • What avail great talents, if they be not devoted to goodness?

British Dictionary definitions for avail

avail

/əˈveɪl/
verb
1.
to be of use, advantage, profit, or assistance (to)
2.
avail oneself of, to make use of to one's advantage
noun
3.
use or advantage (esp in the phrases of no avail, to little avail)
Derived Forms
availingly, adverb
Word Origin
C13 availen, from vailen, from Old French valoir, from Latin valēre to be strong, prevail
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Word Origin and History for avail
v.

c.1300, availen, apparently a French compound formed in English from Old French a- "to" (see ad-) + vailen "to avail," from vaill-, present stem of valoir "be worth," from Latin valere (see valiant). Related: Availed; availing. As a noun, from c.1400.

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Idioms and Phrases with avail

avail

In addition to the idiom beginning with avail also see: to no avail
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