- 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 availing
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But it seems the Middletons are not averse to availing of some of the perks that membership of the Firm confers.James Middleton - Should Royal Police Have Parked His Car?
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Unfortunately had an engagement which prevented my availing myself of it.
But he showed no intention of availing himself of these capabilities.Evenings at Donaldson Manor
Maria J. McIntosh
Of course the corporal had no thought of availing himself of the permission so accorded.The Free Lances
Gilbert lost no time in availing himself of the permission accorded to him.Tom, The Bootblack
Oowikapun saw his opportunity, and was quick enough in availing himself of it.Oowikapun
Egerton Ryerson Young
- 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
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Word Origin and History for availing
"advantageous," early 15c., present participle adjective from avail (v.).
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Idioms and Phrases with availing
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