verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of avail
Examples from the Web for avail
According to the friend, Brinsley rang his ex-girlfriend, an Air Force reservist named Shaneka Thompson, to no avail.
The left had long tried to resist it through a diverse mix of organizations, devoted to different goals, and all to no avail.
In Germany, sex workers get to avail themselves of the same social-welfare infrastructure as all other German workers.
This woke her husband, who questioned and tried to console her, to no avail.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death|Patricia Pearson|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Both have nerve-wracked parents who tell them to sit still every 30 seconds, to no avail.Why Giving Adderall to Toddlers Is So Completely, Utterly Wrong|Russell Saunders|May 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So she did avail herself of his zeal,—and that without any scruple.Doctor Thorne|Anthony Trollope
All that medical science could suggest was done to no avail.Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why|Martha M. Allen
Thus far, at least, are we safe; for which may Heaven alone be praised, since no art of mine could avail us a feather.The Red Rover|James Fenimore Cooper
There was no conversation now, for the fear in every heart was that they would arrive at the ford too late to avail.Winning His "W"|Everett Titsworth Tomlinson
Of the unexpected evidence I had found I was most eager to avail myself.Devereux, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for avail
Word Origin for avail
Word Origin and History for avail
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.
Idioms and Phrases with avail
In addition to the idiom beginning with avail
- avail oneself of
- to no avail