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 \ -​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 collection will be available on Saks.com on May 29th. Glamour, "Does Gucci’s New Lipstick Ad Make You Uncomfortable? Good," 6 May 2019 The swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated will be available on May 8. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Halima Aden Is the First Model Ever to Wear a Hijab and Burkini in the Swimsuit Edition of Sports Illustrated," 30 Apr. 2019 Early access available through Instagram in US only on 4.16.19 until 11:59PM ET. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Stuart Weitzman's Neon Shoes Will Be the Highlight of Your Spring," 16 Apr. 2019 When closed, the front display works exactly like any smartphone, with texting, calling, navigation, music, and, yes, Instagram available with the tap of a finger. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Is Samsung’s Galaxy Fold the Phone of the Future?," 15 Apr. 2019 Watch on your computer on amazon.com/video or on the Prime Video app, which is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store, and Samsung Galaxy App. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Watch Game of Thrones Season 8 Online," 14 Apr. 2019 All ten episodes of The Society will be available on Netflix on May 10th! Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Netflix's Newest Teen Drama "The Society"," 4 Apr. 2019 Writer Jeff Layton owns Osprey Acres, a three-year building project near Leavenworth that includes his dream home and a pair of weekend rental units available via Airbnb.com or Peerspace.com. Jeff Layton, The Seattle Times, "Your PNW vacation home: A drop-in or permanent pad?," 29 Mar. 2019 Or spring for that hotel—which, BTW, is another discounted service available through Sam's Club's new hub. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Sam's Club Is Selling Disney Tickets As Cheap As $42 a Day," 19 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of available

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for available

see avail entry 1

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12 May 2019

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

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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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one that collects or salvages junk

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