- 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
- 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 and History for avail oneself of
Idioms and Phrases with avail oneself of
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