avail

verb
\ə-ˈvāl \
availed also availed of; availing also availing of; avails also avails of

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
\ə-ˈvāl \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for avail

Synonyms: Verb

advantage, benefit, help, profit, serve

Synonyms: Noun

account, mileage, service, serviceability, serviceableness, use, usefulness, utility

Antonyms: Noun

uselessness, worthlessness

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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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Tracing guns that fall outside of the traditional manufacturing paradigm would require all 3D-printers to register with the federal government—or at least avail themselves to law enforcement agencies if ever necessary. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Researcher Discovers Way to Trace 3D-Printed Guns—With a Few Caveats," 15 Oct. 2018 For those who need more cores, memory, or PCIe lanes, avail yourselves of a new batch of X-series chips. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel goes up to 8 cores for mainstream chips, with a 28 core overclockable Xeon," 8 Oct. 2018 By the way, Medicaid beneficiaries on all the evidence are more likely to avail themselves of emergency room visits, so forget about bending the cost curve. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "ObamaCare’s Red State Trap," 29 Oct. 2018 My new #CHRISSYxTARGET collection will be avail exclusively at @Target starting 9/30!!!! Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Calls John Her "Everything" and Also an "Asshole" In an Anniversary Tribute," 14 Sep. 2018 The thirsty can avail themselves of an extensive collection of beers and cocktails (our bartender’s finesse with a classic martini and Manhattan commanded respect). Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Mt. Washington Tavern maintains its appeal with vibrant food, lively spaces," 14 June 2018 More than 8,000 Alaskans avail themselves of family planning services at facilities funded by Title X grants, according to HHS. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "New federal plan could cut funding for Alaska’s Planned Parenthood facilities," 29 May 2018 The three-story, 44-unit building, at 839 Massachusetts St., offers permanent refuge for low-income down-on-their-luck vets, who can also avail themselves of job training classes and tips on daily living skills. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "For these veterans in Gary, Memorial Day a solemn holiday," 25 May 2018 In fact, Russian operatives availed themselves of the precise nature of the ad targeting offered by Facebook, zeroing in on categories of Facebook users, such as gun lovers, Trump supporters, residents of certain places, and more. Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "Thousands of Facebook ads bought by Russians to fool U.S. voters released by Congress," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That is the message German officials have been trying to send, to little avail. Griff Witte And Rick Noack, chicagotribune.com, "Trump's tariff threats suddenly look very real for Germany's car industry," 25 June 2018 When Tran left, Last Jedi director Rian Johnson—himself a target of quite a lot of online rage—tried to push back against the harassment and distinguish it from critiques of the movie, to little avail. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Star Wars and the Battle of the Ever-More Toxic Fan Culture," 6 June 2018 Over the previous year, Energy Secretary Rick Perry has tried to justify a number of different actions to make good on Trump's promise, to little avail. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "President Trump orders Energy Department to stop coal retirements [updated]," 1 June 2018 Company plans to increase local workforce five-fold by 2022 Seattle rental prices, home values soared amid Amazon boom A spate of government policies have tried to temper Vancouver’s housing prices, to little avail. Bloomberg.com, "‘Amazon Effect’ May Push Vancouver Housing Prices Even Higher," 1 May 2018 Verne was an anti-Dreyfusard, but his son Michel was a Dreyfusard who tried to change his father’s mind, to little avail. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Is Kanye West “the Ezra Pound of Rap”?," 30 Apr. 2018 Others, who may plead their innocence to no avail, are exonerated after the procedure has been carried out; this fact has led even the creator of the three-drug cocktail to reconsider his views about the death penalty. Abdullah Shihipar, Teen Vogue, "Lethal Injection Drugs and the Death Penalty, Explained," 30 Oct. 2018 The space had gone through several iterations, but to no avail: Not even the most thrilling wallpaper was ever going to make anyone go into that box. Sara Ruffin Costello, ELLE Decor, "A New Orleans Manse is Given New Life with a Fashionable Pizzazz," 26 Oct. 2018 To no avail—Dutch men and women continued to assist the Allied airmen, whatever the risk. Megan Koreman, WSJ, "Five Best: Megan Koreman on the Cost of Courage Under Nazism," 25 Oct. 2018

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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

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

Noun

see avail entry 1

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More Definitions for avail

avail

verb

English Language Learners Definition of avail

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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 \
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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