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

Examples of availability in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gun sales have repeatedly hit records over the past year as more people grow concerned about their safety and the availability of firearms. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Biden stimulus checks spark historic surge in gun sales, especially AR-15s," 1 Apr. 2021 Will this change the availability of Pacers games on streaming services? Nat Newell, The Indianapolis Star, "Pacers broadcasts will look different on Bally Sports Indiana starting Wednesday," 31 Mar. 2021 The ready availability of refrigeration would also allow some of their pills to be replaced by easy-to-swallow formulas. New York Times, "The City Losing Its Children to H.I.V.," 31 Mar. 2021 The half-hour special, hosted by News 13 reporter Saundra Weathers, will look at how COVID-19 has impacted this community, the history behind vaccine hesitancy among Blacks and the local availability of the COVID-19 vaccine. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Spectrum presents COVID vaccine special, ‘Everyday Heroes’ winners," 30 Mar. 2021 This is likely to exacerbate several local factors restricting vaccine rollouts, including logistics such as production capacity, supply chain, the availability of healthcare workers, financing, and vaccine hesitancy. Jackie Bischof, Quartz, "Africa may not reach herd immunity against Covid-19 until 2023," 28 Mar. 2021 The ready availability of many nominees on streaming has, in some cases, allowed regular moviegoers to sample a greater selection of contenders than in the past. Nate Jones, Vulture, "Does Nomadland Have Best Picture Sewn Up?," 26 Mar. 2021 But the Jets also are likely to receive calls about the availability of the No. 2 pick, especially after Wilson’s impressive day. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "As trades begin to shake up the top of NFL draft, BYU QB Zach Wilson impresses in pro day," 26 Mar. 2021 An imbalance in semiconductor supplies and demand, a Texas February freeze, a ship blocking the Suez Canal and other problems collectively have limited the availability of key materials to manufacturers around the world. George Stahl, WSJ, "What’s Wrong With Global Supply Chains and How It Affects You," 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of availability

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Availability.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/availability. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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