- 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
1250–1300; Middle English availe, equivalent to a- a-2 + vaile < Old French vail- (stem of valoir) < Latin valēre to be of worth
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Examples from the Web for availed
He was yet speaking when Duncan availed himself of the water.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
I had learned, and I availed myself of the knowledge, that it was born before its time.Calderon The Courtier
Mr. Fairbanks saw his opportunity and availed himself of it.Cleveland Past and Present
Neither of you two could ever be sure when, or if at all, he availed himself of that access.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
That very evening Dr. Carter availed himself of the invitation.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
- 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)
C13 availen, from vailen, from Old French valoir, from Latin valēre to be strong, prevail
Word Origin and History for availed
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with availed
In addition to the idiom beginning with avail
- avail oneself of
- to no avail
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