- The definition of avail is to help or give an advantage.
An example of avail is for medication to improve the condition of a sick person.
Origin of availMiddle English availen ; from Old French a (L ad), to + valoir, to be worth ; from Classical Latin valere, to be strong: see value
- effective use or help; advantage: he tried, but to no avail
- Obsolete net proceeds; profits
avail oneself of
verba·vailed, a·vail·ing, a·vails
Origin of availMiddle English availen : a-, intensive pref. (from Latin ad-; see ad–) + Old French valoir, vail-, to be worth (from Latin valēre, to be strong; see wal- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present avails, present participle availing, simple past and past participle availed)
- (often reflexive) To turn to the advantage of.
- I availed myself of the opportunity.
- To be of service to.
- Artifices will not avail the sinner in the day of judgment.
- To promote; to assist.
- (intransitive) To be of use or advantage; to answer or serve the purpose; to have strength, force, or efficacy sufficient to accomplish the object.
- The plea in court must avail.
- This scheme will not avail.
- Medicines will not avail to halt the disease.
- (India, Africa, elsewhere proscribed) To provide; to make available.
- Jeremy Taylor
- the avail of a deathbed repentance
- 1895, Andrew Lang, A Monk of Fife:
- So this friar, unworthy as he was of his holy calling, had me at an avail on every side, nor do I yet see what I could do but obey him, as I did.
- Effect in achieving a goal or aim; purpose, use (now usually in negative constructions). [from 15th c.]
- I tried fixing it, to no avail.
- Labor, without economy, is of little avail.
- (now only US) Proceeds; profits from business transactions. [from 15th c.]
- (television, advertising) An advertising slot or package.
- (US, politics, journalism) A press avail.
- While holding an avail yesterday, the candidate lashed out at critics.
- (UK, acting) Non-binding notice of availability for work.
- (oil industry) A readily available stock of oil.
- (success or benefit): Very often encountered in negative phrases, such as of or to no or little avail.
From Middle English vailen (“to be of use”), from Old French valoir (“to be worth”), from Latin valeo (“to be strong”).