[ uh-vey-luh-buhl ]
/ əˈveɪ lə bəl /


suitable or ready for use; of use or service; at hand: I used whatever tools were available.
readily obtainable; accessible: available resources.
having sufficient power or efficacy; valid.
Archaic. efficacious; profitable; advantageous.

Nearby words

  1. ava,
  2. avadavat,
  3. avail,
  4. avail oneself of,
  5. availability,
  6. available light,
  7. availing,
  8. availment,
  9. avalanche,
  10. avalanche lily

Origin of available

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at avail, -able

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/ (ˌʌnəˈveɪləbəl) /


not obtainable or accessibleunavailable for comment


/ (əˈveɪləbəl) /


obtainable or accessible; capable of being made use of; at hand
US politics derogatory suitable for public office, usually as a result of having an inoffensive characterSmith was a particularly available candidate
Derived Formsavailability or availableness, nounavailably, adverb

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