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

Financial aid can be available for families who demonstrate need. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Find the right private school for your child," 15 Aug. 2019 This fully virtual option is a step up from the physical AmpliFi Teleport device, which was already available for AmpliFi routers and retails for $99. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Ubiquiti just added a bonus to its AmpliFi line of mesh routers," 15 Aug. 2019 An additional 10% discount is available for Arts Council members, and the show is part of the Season Pass Series. Catalina Righter, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll Arts Council play examines ‘the strength and madness of the human heart’," 14 Aug. 2019 Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Patio Playhouse presents the musical ‘Little Women’ opening Friday," 14 Aug. 2019 More than 50 board games are available for borrowing. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "You saved 15 minutes on Amtrak’s new nonstop service to NYC. Now what?," 14 Aug. 2019 This week, the eggs will be available for the first time in stores outside of Berlin. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "‘Ethical’ eggs could save male chicks from mass slaughter," 14 Aug. 2019 The Barbie dolls are available for preorder now on Amazon, and will officially start shipping on November 18 — just in time for the holidays. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, "Disney and Mattel Teamed Up to Make Star Wars Barbie Dolls — and You Can Preorder Them on Amazon," 14 Aug. 2019 Houses are even kitted out with treadmills and a tanning bed, which would not be widely available for home use for another two decades. Joanna Scutts, Curbed, "The shows we’ve lived by," 14 Aug. 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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to make or get by devious means

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