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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)
  1. to be of use; have force or efficacy; serve; help: His strength did not avail against the hostile onslaught.

  2. to be of value or profit.

  1. advantage; use; efficacy; effective use in the achievement of a goal or objective: His belated help will be of little or no avail.

  2. avails, Archaic. profits or proceeds.

Idioms about avail

  1. 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; Middle English availe, equivalent to a-a-2 + vaile<Old French vail- (stem of valoir) <Latin valēre to be of worth

Other words from avail

  • a·vail·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·a·vailed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for avail


/ (əˈveɪl) /

  1. to be of use, advantage, profit, or assistance (to)

  2. avail oneself of to make use of to one's advantage

  1. use or advantage (esp in the phrases of no avail, to little avail)

Origin of avail

C13 availen, from vailen, from Old French valoir, from Latin valēre to be strong, prevail

Derived forms of avail

  • availingly, adverb

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Other Idioms and Phrases with avail


In addition to the idiom beginning with avail

  • avail oneself of

also see:

  • to no avail

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