- 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.