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

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. 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 Dec. 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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