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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But Outpost also guarantees on-demand access to the virtual machines and storage on these systems, whereas in normal AWS cloud usage, customers would have to reserve those services in advance to guarantee on-demand availability. Jason Levitt And Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Amazon Web Services aims to colonize your network with Outpost," 12 Dec. 2018 Flights will begin in November, starting three to four times a week, and will operate on both the new Dreamliners (based on availability) and the Airbus 340. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: U.S. to Tahiti From $787 Round-Trip," 26 Sep. 2018 Which is all to say neither one will guarantee the most access, and there’s always a chance of availability shifting. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Should You Get Apple Music or Spotify? Here's How to Decide," 5 Nov. 2018 Young Master’s projects pushed Hong Kong’s craft beer market forward—not just in terms of availability, but also variety. Kate Springer, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside Hong Kong's Craft Beer Revolution," 17 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of availability

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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