verb (used with object)
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)
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
1250–1300; Middle English availe,Related formsa·vail·ing·ly, adverbun·a·vailed, adjective
equivalent to a- a-2
< Old French vail-
(stem of valoir
) < Latin valēre
to be of worth
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Related Words for avail oneself ofhandle
British Dictionary definitions for avail oneself of
to be of use, advantage, profit, or assistance (to)
avail oneself of to make use of to one's advantage
Derived Formsavailingly, adverb
use or advantage (esp in the phrases of no avail, to little avail)
Word Origin for avail
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 oneself of
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 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
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