avail·​able ə-ˈvā-lə-bəl How to pronounce available (audio)
: present or ready for immediate use
available resources
: accessible, obtainable
articles available in any drugstore
: free and able to do something at a particular time
should be available to meet next Tuesday
: not involved in a romantic relationship
interested in meeting available men/women
: qualified or willing to do something or to assume a responsibility
available candidates
: present in such chemical or physical form as to be usable (as by a plant)
available nitrogen
available water
law : valid
used of a legal plea or charge
archaic : having a beneficial effect
availableness noun
availably adverb

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The first four episodes are available to stream on Paramount+. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 21 Jan. 2023 The first rounds of the LIV Golf schedule will take place Feb. 24-26 and are set to be available to stream on the CW app only. Richard Morin, USA TODAY, 20 Jan. 2023 However, Prime members listening on Amazon Music (who don’t subscribe to an unlimited plan) are now mostly limited to shuffle-play mode, based on artist, album or playlist, whereas previously the 2 million songs were available to stream on-demand. Todd Spangler, Variety, 20 Jan. 2023 Wolf Pack premieres Thursday on Paramount+, while Buffy the Vampire Slayer is currently available to stream on Hulu. Emlyn Travis, EW.com, 20 Jan. 2023 Wolf Pack premieres Thursday on Paramount+, and Buffy is available to stream in full on Hulu. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 20 Jan. 2023 All four seasons of Too Hot to Handle are available to stream on Netflix. Kennedy Sessions, Chron, 19 Jan. 2023 This year, a limited selection of films from the program will be available to stream online during the second half of the festival after their in-person premieres. Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2023 The three-part series is also available to stream on Discovery+, with plans starting at $4.99 per month with ads and $6.99 per month without ads. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 17 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


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First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

Time Traveler
The first known use of available was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near available

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“Available.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/available. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


avail·​able ə-ˈvā-lə-bəl How to pronounce available (audio)
: easy or possible to get, get to, or use
kept emergency supplies available
called every available hardware store
: present in a form that a plant or animal can use
a food that contains available iron
availableness noun
availably adverb

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