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1avail

verb \ə-ˈvāl\

: to be useful or helpful to (someone or something)

Full Definition of AVAIL

intransitive verb
:  to be of use or advantage :  serve <our best efforts did not avail>
transitive verb
:  to produce or result in as a benefit or advantage :  gain <his efforts availed him nothing>
avail oneself of also avail of
:  to make use of :  take advantage of <they availed themselves of his services>

Examples of AVAIL

  1. Our best efforts did not avail.
  2. <all your begging will not avail you in the least>
  3. In such a Hobbesian world, grand idealistic designs will avail the United States nothing. Nor will a quest for American dominance in the name of the good. —Laura Secor, New York Times Book Review, 26 June 2005

Origin of AVAIL

Middle English, Anglo-French availler, probably from a- (from Latin ad-) + valer, valoir to be of worth, from Latin valēre — more at wield
First Known Use: 14th century

2avail

noun \ə-ˈvāl\

: help toward reaching a goal

Full Definition of AVAIL

:  advantage toward attainment of a goal or purpose :  use <effort was of little avail>

Examples of AVAIL

  1. <although I appreciate the concern, your help would be of little avail in this situation>
  2. It seemed to be the national dish, as it appeared on every menu. It is a spicy pork or veal stew with tomatoes and onions and a little sour cream on top. It was fabulous, and I'm dying to get the recipe. I've spent hours looking for it on the internet to no avail. —Linda Walker, Cook's Country, June 1995

Origin of AVAIL

(see 1avail)
First Known Use: 15th century

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