EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN | IDIOMS verb (used with object) to be of use or value to; profit; advantage: All our efforts availed us little in trying to effect a change. verb (used without object) 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. noun 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. Idioms 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,
a- a- 2
Old French vail-
to be of worth
Related forms a·vail·ing·ly, adverb un·a·vailed, adjective
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availen, from vailen, from Old French valoir, from Latin valēre to be strong, prevail
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Word Origin and History for avails v.
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.
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