[ uh-veyl ]
/ əˈveɪl /
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.
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.
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Idioms for avail
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
OTHER WORDS FROM availa·vail·ing·ly, adverbun·a·vailed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for avail
/ (əˈveɪl) /
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)
Derived forms of availavailingly, adverb
Word Origin for avail
C13 availen, from vailen, from Old French valoir, from Latin valēre to be strong, prevail
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Idioms and Phrases with avail
In addition to the idiom beginning with avail
- avail oneself of
- to no avail
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