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

Definition of unavailable

: not available: such as
a : not possible to get or use a book that is currently unavailable online The conference room is unavailable this afternoon.
b : unable or unwilling to do something Officials were unavailable for comment. The manager is unavailable to speak with you right now.

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unavailability \ ˌən-​ə-​ˌvā-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unavailable (audio) \ noun

Examples of unavailable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chris Duvall and Caleb Stanko also received the designation and were unavailable for Saturday's 1-0 loss to Inter Miami CF. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 9 Sep. 2021 Terrell Bynum, Rom Odunze and Jalen McMillan were all unavailable for the Huskies. Tim Booth, ajc, 5 Sep. 2021 Green didn’t know how Thompson incurred the injury, deferring to Hottovy, who was unavailable for comment. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 4 Sep. 2021 Complicating the situation, Dunleavy spokesman Jeff Turner said the governor’s administration believes the House majority’s preferred savings account has been drained and is unavailable for spending. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Aug. 2021 Welsh didn’t handle the Flying First Person View (FPV) drone in the bowling alley film; that was pilot Jay Christensen, who was unavailable for this project. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 25 Aug. 2021 Dutcher and Luster were unavailable for comment while the hire is being finalized by human resources. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Aug. 2021 Garcia-Bengochea’s lawyer, Steven Sumsion, was unavailable for comment Friday. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Aug. 2021 This game will be played at Riverside because Chardon’s home field is unavailable for at least the first month of the season. Matt Goul, cleveland, 19 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of unavailable

1855, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unavailable was in 1855

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11 Sep 2021

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“Unavailable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unavailable. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unavailable

: not possible to get or use
: not able or willing to do something

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