avail·​abil·​i·​ty | \ ə-ˌvā-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē \
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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Those who fly and spend more, of course, unlock better perks at subsequent levels: Premier Gold, Premier Platinum, Premier 1K. Things To NoteSearching for reward availability can be painful. Ryan Craggs, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Frequent Flier and Airline Rewards Programs in the U.S.," 27 July 2018 The best availability at the ranch is during winter and spring while summer stays tend to be booked up to a year in advance. New York Times, "Looking for a Weekend Escape? Here Are 5 Family-Friendly Options," 6 July 2018 But that availability is just one aspect of what the mayor called a radically new approach to confronting drug addiction. John Keilman, chicagotribune.com, "To combat opioid crisis, suburb will have overdose-reversing naloxone available in public places," 22 June 2018 The mayor agreed that housing availability is an important issue in South Lake Tahoe, where a staggering 78 percent of houses are second homes or vacation rental properties. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Tahoe voters to decide on measure to cut number of vacation rentals," 21 June 2018 The manufacturer did hint, however, that availability will be on the scarce side, so place your order soon. Fortune, "Maserati: 'It May Look Like We Are Targeting Tesla: We Are'," 1 June 2018 Historically, the Monkees team up in various configurations, depending on interest and availability. Steve Marinucci, Billboard, "The Monkees' Mike Nesmith & Micky Dolenz on Their New Tour, TV Legacy & the Rock Hall of Fame," 30 May 2018 However, fliers beware: The availability of the lowest advertised fares is mixed. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "Two-day flash sale: JetBlue fares less than $50 one way; availability limited," 30 May 2018 Across Northern California, campground availability is good, for the most part, with some prisoner-of-hope exceptions. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "High lakes, camp openings crown Memorial Day outlook," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of availability

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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