- to be of use or value to; profit; advantage: All our efforts availed us little in trying to effect a change.
- to be of use; have force or efficacy; serve; help: His strength did not avail against the hostile onslaught.
- to be of value or profit.
- advantage; use; efficacy; effective use in the achievement of a goal or objective: His belated help will be of little or no avail.
- avails, Archaic. profits or proceeds.
- avail oneself of, to use to one's advantage: They availed themselves of the opportunity to hear a free concert.
Origin of avail
Related Words for avail oneself ofhandle, control, practice, adopt, run, work, wield, utilize, accept, employ, exploit, manage, apply, operate, spend, manipulate, appropriate, promote, exhaust, expend
- to be of use, advantage, profit, or assistance (to)
- avail oneself of to make use of to one's advantage
- use or advantage (esp in the phrases of no avail, to little avail)
Word Origin for avail
avail oneself of
Take advantage of, benefit by. For example, To get a better mortgage, he availed himself of the employee credit union. [Late 1500s]
Use, employ, as in I'll avail myself of the first cab to come along. [Mid-1800s]
In addition to the idiom beginning with avail
- avail oneself of
- to no avail