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 When animals’ well-being is prioritized over their availability to be admired, an object becomes the subject; a prop transforms into the protagonist. Anna Peele, Washington Post, "The Gray Cockatoo Is Lonely Without You," 24 June 2020 At the time of writing, the camps on this list still have some availability. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Here's a list of summer camps in Cincinnati," 23 June 2020 There is still availability for the second rental period, Aug. 20 to Oct. 18; rates begin at $3,000. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Coronavirus hasn't completely canceled summer in Wisconsin. Here are things you can do across the state," 18 June 2020 In New York State, strict billing requirements that were associated with PHPs and prevented their widespread availability have now been loosened. Isobel Rosenthal, Scientific American, "Mental Health after COVID-19," 17 June 2020 Lynch's Irish Pub publicized its half-capacity availability, with limited hours, last month on Facebook. NBC News, "In Florida, a night on the town ends with apparent coronavirus outbreak," 17 June 2020 Launched last week, Jones portal provides information on the state’s testing availability, community resources, individualized report cards for counties and hospital data. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "Fired Florida Data Scientist Creates Competing COVID-19 Tracking Site and Suggests State Is Hiding Important Information," 15 June 2020 The company said the 49-person view will debut in preview in June and reach general availability for the fall. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft Teams for Education preps for fall with 7x7 speaker grid, deeper analytics," 15 June 2020 Brooks explained the platform has first worked to raise awareness about the availability of relief funds and is helping black entrepreneurs complete complicated PPP forms. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "How Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs is helping black-owned businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic," 12 June 2020

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First Known Use of availability

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Jun 2020

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“Availability.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/availability. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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