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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New Hampshire State Police were not immediately available to comment Thursday. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "Memorial ride for victims of N.H. crash scheduled for Saturday," 4 July 2019 Sutton and Allen were not immediately available Tuesday for comment. Cat Ferguson, The Mercury News, "Five California doctors now under investigation over student vaccine exemptions," 3 July 2019 Mayor Sylvester Turner was not immediately available for comment. Jasper Scherer, Houston Chronicle, "TRO bars Houston from enforcing petition drive residency rule," 3 July 2019 Additional details on the shooting weren't immediately available. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Woman fatally shot on the north side early Tuesday morning," 2 July 2019 The motorist, whose name was not immediately available, refused to yield and fled to the north briefly before entering a driveway at the secondary school on El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego police public-affairs Officer Billy Hernandez said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Brief police chase ends in crash at Hoover High School," 2 July 2019 Few other details were immediately available, including whether the victim was taken to the hospital. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Showtime's Fox News series launches with 10 major Roger Ailes talking points," 1 July 2019 Power company spokeswoman Edith Seda said no one was immediately available for comment. Danica Coto, SFChronicle.com, "Puerto Rico oversight board accuses oil companies of fraud," 1 July 2019 For her Cincinnati Reds lingerie set: Get intimate with your favorite Cincinnati sports team with this number that's also available in Bengals and Bearcats colors. Noelle Zielinski, Cincinnati.com, "You're gonna love what you can find on Etsy when you search for 'Cincinnati'," 30 June 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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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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an act or instance of editing or removing

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