avail

verb
\ ə-ˈvāl How to pronounce avail (audio) \
availed; availing; avails

Definition of avail

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 or less commonly avail of
: to make use of : to take advantage of They availed themselves of his services.

avail

noun

Definition of avail (Entry 2 of 2)

: advantage toward attainment of a goal or purpose : use Their effort was of little/no avail.

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Examples of avail in a Sentence

Verb 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 Soon middle-class girls were slipping into their starched white shirtwaists, marching into a place of business … and eventually standing up as private secretaries, bank tellers, accountants, and managers. So many, in fact, availed themselves of this new opportunity that by 1900 nearly 75 percent of all clerical workers in America were women (Bliven puts the number, in 1888, at 60,000); and for decades the typist and her machine were both called "typewriters." — Arthur Krystal, Harper's, December 2002 One comes away from the book stunned by the remarkable energy and willingness to resist that so many demonstrated but haunted by the recognition of how little that resistance availed. — Louis Menand, New Yorker, 25 Nov. 2002 Our best efforts did not avail. all your begging will not avail you in the least Noun 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 In the 14th century the porcelain from China made its way westward along trade routes to Europe's rich and royal. The artisans of Europe tried to duplicate the Chinese formula and process, but to no avail. — Hattie Clark, Christian Science Monitor, 3 Aug. 1987 although I appreciate the concern, your help would be of little avail in this situation
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nikola, on the other hand, will avail itself of GM’s massive supply chain, circumventing the logistical hurdles of building out its out distribution and procurement platform. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "The Capital Note: Cities after COVID & GM’s Electric Vehicle Push," 8 Sep. 2020 While a number of small grocery stores appear to have figured out the masks were available, large poultry production operations, which have experienced large Covid-19 outbreaks, did not seem to avail themselves of the program in a significant way. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "The Trump administration haphazardly gave away millions of Covid-19 masks — to schools, broadcasters, and large corporations," 13 Aug. 2020 Players are not required to stay in the Omni, but the team will cover the cost for whichever players choose to avail themselves of the opportunity. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Dallas Cowboys working to create bubble-like environment for training camp," 12 Aug. 2020 But the Trump administration’s recent decision to disallow students whose course load has moved online amid the Covid-19 pandemic to avail these visas has put such students in a spot. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Where do international students who have always called America home go now?," 9 July 2020 The rationale behind municipal income taxes is this: Employees avail themselves to city services – police, fire and EMS services, for example -- while earning their income in the taxing city. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Working from home trend could imperil some Northeast Ohio communities," 9 June 2020 Maybe Google employees can’t avail themselves of free snacks and dry-cleaning pick up at work anymore, but the company is thinking up new perks. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Slack’s great earnings aren’t good enough for Wall Street," 5 June 2020 As the coronavirus pandemic forces a shutdown of the economy, many good companies facing massive revenue declines will need to avail themselves of bankruptcy. Jonathan S. Henes, WSJ, "Viewpoint: Congress Should Codify the One-Day Bankruptcy," 11 May 2020 These are highly recommended for those who have availed loans in the past and repaid without any defaults. Adheer Dhar, Quartz India, "How to manage your personal finances during India’s coronavirus crisis," 23 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Trump had ended the Iran deal and did something other presidents promised to no avail. Jay Ambrose Tribune News Service (tns), Star Tribune, "With Mideast breakthroughs, Trump may actually deserve a Nobel Prize," 14 Sep. 2020 Friends and family have been searching and handing out flyers, so far to no avail. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "‘I just want my child back’: Search for missing ASU student now in 5th day," 13 Sep. 2020 Lowry fouled out on the next possession, a call the Raptors argued and challenged to no avail. courant.com, "Celtics oust Raptors in Game 7, head to East finals vs. Heat," 12 Sep. 2020 Carmelo Martinez gave chase from left field and Kevin McReynolds from center, but to no avail. Greg Hoard, The Enquirer, "From the archives: Pete Rose hits no. 4,192," 11 Sep. 2020 Animal control units and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) searched the area for hours to no avail. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "A Tiger Is Loose Around Knoxville, Tennessee — and No One Knows Why," 11 Sep. 2020 Atkins has spent the past six months searching for a job, to no avail. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "It’s been six months. Our sense of time is still broken.," 11 Sep. 2020 In bodycam video released later, bystanders are heard pleading for Floyd, 46, to no avail. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "'It's nothing but pain': The latest on the cases of violence against Black people that sparked America's summer of racial reckoning," 10 Sep. 2020 The alliance, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers union, has urged the university to make a concession, to no avail. Washington Post, "‘It’s emotionally exhausting’: Grad student workers feel the stress of the pandemic," 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of avail

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for avail

Verb and Noun

Middle English, Anglo-French availler, probably from a- (from Latin ad-) + valer, valoir to be of worth, from Latin valēre — more at wield

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The first known use of avail was in the 14th century

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17 Sep 2020

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“Avail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avail. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for avail

avail

verb
How to pronounce avail (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of avail

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

avail

noun

English Language Learners Definition of avail (Entry 2 of 2)

: help toward reaching a goal

avail

verb
\ ə-ˈvāl How to pronounce avail (audio) \
availed; availing

Kids Definition of avail

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to be of use or help
2 : to make use of Many employees availed themselves of the free health services.

avail

noun

Kids Definition of avail (Entry 2 of 2)

: help toward reaching a goal : use Our work was of little avail.

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