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 unavailability (audio) \ noun

Examples of unavailable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The District confirmed his employment and his years of service with city, but said more detailed records were in storage and unavailable. Washington Post, "Retired police officer, church elder, dies of complications of covid-19," 6 Sep. 2020 The bill’s main sponsors, Sen. Kirk Cullimore, R-Sandy, was traveling with family last week and unavailable for an interview. Nate Carlisle, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Their dad died after a COVID-19 outbreak at work. Utah has made it difficult for them to sue.," 5 Sep. 2020 Singletary wasn’t at the press conference and was unavailable to comment. Sean Lahman, USA TODAY, "Rochester mayor: 'Daniel Prude was failed by our police … our society, and by me'," 5 Sep. 2020 The original plan for 2020 was for Ryan Braun to see time at first base but the pandemic changed everything, and Braun has been unavailable to play of late because of an ailing back. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers designate Justin Smoak for assignment, acquire Daniel Vogelbach from Toronto," 3 Sep. 2020 Of course, Jimmy Butler is under contract with the Heat and unavailable, so how do the Mavs get such a player? Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Luka Doncic has made the Mavs a destination. But how soon will Dallas attract its next star player?," 2 Sep. 2020 But that is not the end of the analysis, because the remedy Thompson seeks is legally unavailable under these circumstances. orlandosentinel.com, "Lawmaker again targets DeSantis supreme court pick," 31 Aug. 2020 The pandemic has disrupted so much about the world of work, meaning many opportunities that once seemed unavailable could now be up for grabs, such as senior roles that previously involved significant amounts of international travel. Adam Blenford, Bloomberg.com, "Ways to Kickstart Your Career in What’s Left of 2020," 29 Aug. 2020 The long nasopharyngeal swabs used in most tests, for example, had been widely unavailable. Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, "Jonathan Rothberg’s Race to Invent the Ultimate Rapid At-Home COVID-19 Test," 29 Aug. 2020

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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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10 Sep 2020

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“Unavailable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unavailable. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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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