avail·​able | \ ə-ˈvā-lə-bəl How to pronounce available (audio) \

Definition of available

1 : present or ready for immediate use available resources
2a : accessible, obtainable articles available in any drugstore
b : free and able to do something at a particular time should be available to meet next Tuesday
c : not involved in a romantic relationship interested in meeting available men/women
3 : qualified or willing to do something or to assume a responsibility available candidates
4 : present in such chemical or physical form as to be usable (as by a plant) available nitrogen available water
5 law : valid used of a legal plea or charge
6 archaic : having a beneficial effect

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Other Words from available

availableness noun
availably \ ə-​ˈvā-​lə-​blē How to pronounce availably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of available in a Sentence

The family kept emergency supplies available. The dress is also available in larger sizes. The articles are available at any drugstore. Fresh fruit is available during the summer. The drug is readily available in Europe. The report will soon be made available to the public. I missed the plane, and the next available flight doesn't leave until tomorrow. All available resources were used. She spent every available dollar on her hobby. Parking is available for people staying at the hotel.
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Recent Examples on the Web The film isn’t available to the millions of subscribers of the company’s new Disney Plus streaming service, and it hasn’t been released in theaters in decades. Washington Post, "Disney changing Splash Mountain, ride tied to Jim Crow film," 25 June 2020 No appointment, health insurance or doctor’s note is necessary for the testing, which is available to all residents regardless of immigration status. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 22-23," 25 June 2020 There is a catch: the promotion is only available to students, according to Hypebeast. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "This Ramen Shop in Japan Is Offering Noodles for Life for a $935 Flat Fee," 25 June 2020 The other seven community pools and Rob Fleming have never opened and will not be available to residents again until 2021. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "The Woodlands summer swimming season to remain limited to 7 community pools," 24 June 2020 Comcast announced earlier in March that the hotspots will be available to everyone, including non-Xfinity customers, for 60 days during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. John Sharp | Jsharp@al.com, al, "Comcast offering free public WiFi through end of 2020," 24 June 2020 Under the rule, which is expected to take effect in late August, work permits will not be available to asylum-seekers who crossed the border illegally or to those convicted of certain crimes, like driving under the influence. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Trump to expand sweeping immigration restrictions, targeting work visas in new order," 23 June 2020 By contrast, only 61% agreed that wearing masks and social distancing must be required until a COVID-19 vaccine is available to everyone. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Poll of North Texans shows big concern about jobs lost to coronavirus but also about safety," 23 June 2020 Educators point out that answers to these questions depend not just on what happens in combatting coronavirus, but also on how much money will be available to schools from their district, the state, and even the federal government. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan GOP return-to-school proposal calls for more local flexibility, more money," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of available

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for available

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The first known use of available was in the 15th century

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28 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Available.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/available. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce available (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of available

: easy or possible to get or use
: present or ready for use
: present and able or willing to talk to someone


avail·​able | \ ə-ˈvā-lə-bəl How to pronounce available (audio) \

Kids Definition of available

1 : suitable, usable She used every available excuse to get out of work.
2 : possible to get : obtainable available supplies

Other Words from available

availability \ ə-​ˌvā-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun

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