Avail meaning

ə-vāl
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.

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Use, benefit, or advantage.

Labored to no avail.

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To be of use or advantage to; help.

Nothing could avail the dying patient.

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To be of use, value, or advantage; serve.

Halfway measures will no longer avail.

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To be of use, help, worth, or advantage (to), as in accomplishing an end.

Will force alone avail us?

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To promote; to assist.

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Effective use or help; advantage.

He tried, but to no avail.

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(obs.) Net proceeds; profits.
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(often reflexive) To turn to the advantage of.

I availed myself of the opportunity.

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To be of service to.

Artifices will not avail the sinner in the day of judgment.

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(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.

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(India, Africa, elsewhere proscribed) To provide; to make available.
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Jeremy Taylor.

The avail of a deathbed repentance.

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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.

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(now only US) Proceeds; profits from business transactions. [from 15th c.]
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(television, advertising) An advertising slot or package.
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(US, politics, journalism) A press avail.

While holding an avail yesterday, the candidate lashed out at critics.

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(UK, acting) Non-binding notice of availability for work.
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(oil industry) A readily available stock of oil.
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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.

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avail (oneself) of
  • To make use of.
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avail oneself of
  • to take advantage of (an opportunity, etc.); utilize
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

avail (oneself) of
avail oneself of

Origin of avail

  • Middle English availen a- intensive pref. (from Latin ad- ad–) Old French valoir vail- to be worth (from Latin valēre to be strong wal- in Indo-European roots)

    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”).

    From Wiktionary