View synonyms for available


[ uh-vey-luh-buhl ]


  1. suitable or ready for use; of use or service; at hand:

    I used whatever tools were available.

    Synonyms: handy, usable, accessible

  2. readily obtainable; accessible:

    available resources.

  3. (of a person) free or willing to do something; not occupied:

    I’m sorry, Mrs. Clarke is not available to speak with you right now.

  4. not involved in a romantic or sexual relationship; single:

    Why would you tell Rachel that I’m available when you know how serious I am about Tina?

  5. Archaic.
    1. efficacious, advantageous, or profitable.
    2. legally valid.


/ əˈveɪləbəl /


  1. obtainable or accessible; capable of being made use of; at hand
  2. derogatory.
    politics suitable for public office, usually as a result of having an inoffensive character

    Smith was a particularly available candidate

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Derived Forms

  • aˌvailaˈbility, noun
  • aˈvailably, adverb

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Other Words From

  • a·vail·a·bil·i·ty [uh, -vey-l, uh, -, bil, -i-tee], a·vail·a·ble·ness noun
  • a·vail·a·bly adverb
  • in·ter·a·vail·a·ble adjective
  • un·a·vail·a·ble adjective
  • un·a·vail·a·ble·ness noun
  • un·a·vail·a·bly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of available1

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English; avail, -able

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Example Sentences

Maybe we do something different or we didn’t have the right guy available or we tried something that we hadn’t run through enough.

Previously, messaging was available through the Google My Business mobile app, but not within the Google My Business desktop interface.

Since launching in the US in November of 2019, the service is available in more than 40 countries.

From Quartz

The surgery was confirmed by a person familiar with the situation but further details were not available.

Capitals Coach Peter Laviolette said he expects to have every player available against Pittsburgh on Sunday.

As for the federal authorities, they have made themselves available but the clergy have not requested special protection.

Maxwell was not available for comment but has described all claims against her as “untrue” and “obvious lies.”

Maxwell was not available for comment describes all claims against her as “untrue” and “obvious lies.”

Local life in these places is not defined by their sports team or by their natural beauty—by things only available locally.

Take fiscal year 2013, the last year the finalized data is available.

Altogether, it seems that not more than one-third of our fast diminishing total are available for actual fighting purposes.

All possibility of a general increase of wages depended on the relation of available capital to the numbers of the working men.

Go carefully over the film with an oil-immersion lens, using a mechanical stage if available.

And there may be other works whose abstracts are available to the ambitious student.

Sixteen locomotives; sixteen engineers, and sixteen firemen would be needed—each and every one the best available.





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