An example of avail is for medication to improve the condition of a sick person.
Labored to no avail.
Nothing could avail the dying patient.
Halfway measures will no longer avail.
Will force alone avail us?
He tried, but to no avail.
Artifices will not avail the sinner in the day of judgment.
The avail of a deathbed repentance.
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.
While holding an avail yesterday, the candidate lashed out at critics.
- To make use of.
- to take advantage of (an opportunity, etc.); utilize
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of avail
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English vailen (“to be of use”), from Old French valoir (“to be worth”), from Latin valeo (“to be strong”).