avail·​abil·​i·​ty | \ ə-ˌvā-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce availability (audio) \
plural availabilities

Definition of availability

1 : the quality or state of being available trying to improve the availability of affordable housing
2 : an available person or thing
3 US : a usually brief session in which a public figure (such as a politician) is made available to answer questions from members of the press a press availability The rigors of campaigning are amply demonstrated in marathon days of radio and television talk shows, media availabilities, sessions with newspaper editorial boards … and fund-raising events.— Steve Goldstein

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Turnbull was not at his locker during media availability. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Tigers P Spencer Turnbull's MRI comes back clean. What happens next?," 26 June 2019 Think of it more like a series of side-by-side press availabilities, with candidates fielding questions from journalists from NBC, which is hosting the first debate, and Telemundo. latimes.com, "What time is the Democratic presidential debate? Who gets to be on stage?," 25 June 2019 For the last several days, Swedish reporters have appeared at the U.S. media availabilities, relaying what could be taken as slights from Sweden's players and asking for a reaction. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Three years later, Sweden still talking trash about Rio Olympic win over U.S. women," 19 June 2019 Lover chalked up 178,600 worldwide in its first day of availability (on June 13), besting the record set by Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Taylor Swift's 'Lover' Sets Apple Music Pre-Add Benchmark," 18 June 2019 The Warriors hadn't provided a formal update on Durant during media availability Wednesday. Janie Mccauley, Houston Chronicle, "Warriors' Kevin Durant has surgery on ruptured Achilles," 12 June 2019 Battery availability and the Full Self Driving timeline. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "At Tesla shareholder meeting, Musk assures “there is not a demand problem”," 12 June 2019 Kentucky’s freshman guard said, seeming to shrink into his microphone on the dais at the team’s media availability. Eric Olson, The Seattle Times, "Tyler Herro: Kentucky fans love him, opponents not so much," 30 Mar. 2019 The governor said the massacre highlighted the need to restrict the availability and deadliness of guns in the state. Washington Post, "Northam proposes gun-control bills for Tuesday’s General Assembly session," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of availability

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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