avail·​able | \ə-ˈvā-lə-bəl \

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 \ 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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The chip maker is about two years late to the trend, and the chips are available at Dollar General stores for a limited time. Maura Judkis, Houston Chronicle, "Pringles could never have captured Nashville’s hot chicken in a chip," 13 July 2018 Out of 77 people with information available, 30 (39%) have been hospitalized. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Kellogg's Honey Smacks Cereal Linked to 100 Salmonella Infections, CDC Warns," 13 July 2018 His album, The Autobiography, is available on all music platforms. Vic Mensa, Teen Vogue, "Vic Mensa: Don't Ask Me to Love America When It Doesn't Love Me," 4 July 2018 With John Galliano’ available on ITunes via the link in bio. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Ankle iPhone Holsters Appear at Couture Fashion Week," 4 July 2018 Details about how he got shot weren’t immediately available. Michael Williams, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Man injured in Sanford shooting, police say," 15 July 2018 No further information was immediately available late Friday night. Alejandro Serrano, BostonGlobe.com, "Two people stabbed in Haverhill," 14 July 2018 Police said the crash involved serious injuries, but details were not immediately available. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Serious crash involving 5 vehicles shuts Phoenix intersection," 13 July 2018 More details about the accident and Callery’s alleged actions were not immediately available. Kathleen Megan, courant.com, "CCSU Professor Charged With Interfering With Police, Reckless Endangerment," 13 July 2018

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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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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 \

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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