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

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The initiative aims to provide food for kids in between the end of summer school and the beginning of school in the fall when school meals are unavailable. Zekriah Chaudhry, Twin Cities, "Nonprofits partner to provide free food for youth in need," 5 Aug. 2019 The status of Moore, Sanchez, Walter, Rich and Davis was unavailable Thursday. Julia Sclafani, Daily Pilot, "H.B. police officer hospitalized and 7 people arrested after fight breaks out on beach," 1 Aug. 2019 An attorney for William’s family was unavailable Friday to comment on Sumpter’s arrest and the charges against her. oregonlive.com, "Two Oregon infants died in 2018 at day cares cited for safety lapses. Now their caregivers face criminal charges," 27 July 2019 General manager Mike Mayock said in a press conference earlier in the day the only players expected to be unavailable were guard Denzelle Good (back surgery) and fullback Keith Smith (knee). Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Antonio Brown’s big day — Raider arrives in balloon, goes on injured list," 26 July 2019 Backup catcher Kyle Farmer was unavailable Wednesday and will be re-evaluated for a concussion after taking two foul balls off his face mask in Tuesday's loss. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Banged-up Cincinnati Reds drop series finale to Chicago Cubs, fall 7.5 games out of 1st place," 17 July 2019 Phil Foden will join the squad in Hong Kong so will be unavailable here, but new signings Rodri and Angelino could both play their first games for the club. SI.com, "Man City vs West Ham Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 15 July 2019 Early Thursday morning, the Apple System Status page showed that Walkie Talkie was unavailable. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Apple Watch eavesdropping vulnerability pushes tech giant to disable Walkie-Talkie app," 11 July 2019 However, the data was unavailable this week amid a ransomware attack on city government. Lillian Reed, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore’s weekend rains cause 1.3 million gallons of sewage-tainted water to overflow," 9 July 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of unavailable

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

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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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