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available

[uh-vey-luh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. suitable or ready for use; of use or service; at hand: I used whatever tools were available.
  2. readily obtainable; accessible: available resources.
  3. having sufficient power or efficacy; valid.
  4. Archaic. efficacious; profitable; advantageous.
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Origin of available

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at avail, -able
Related formsa·vail·a·bil·i·ty, a·vail·a·ble·ness, nouna·vail·a·bly, adverbin·ter·a·vail·a·bil·i·ty, nounin·ter·a·vail·a·ble, adjectivenon·a·vail·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·a·vail·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·a·vail·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·vail·a·ble·ness, nounun·a·vail·a·bly, adverb

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1. accessible, usable, handy.

Antonyms

1. unavailable.
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available

adjective
  1. obtainable or accessible; capable of being made use of; at hand
  2. US politics derogatory suitable for public office, usually as a result of having an inoffensive characterSmith was a particularly available candidate
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Derived Formsavailability or availableness, nounavailably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for availability

n.

1803, from available + -ity.

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available

adj.

mid-15c., "beneficial," also "valid, effective, capable of producing the desired effect," from avail + -able. Meaning "at one's disposal, capable of being made use of" is recorded from 1827.

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