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Meaning of AVAIL

Pronunciation:  u'veyl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a means of serving; "of no avail"; "there's no help for it"
  2. [v]  use to one's advantage; "He availed himself of the available resources"
  3. [v]  take or use; "She helped herself to some of the office supplies"
  4. [v]  be of use to, be useful to; "It will avail them to dispose of their booty"

AVAIL is a 5 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: help, help, service
 See Also: aid, apply, assist, employ, exploit, help, helpfulness, use, utilise, utilize, work



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \A*vail"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Availed} (?); p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Availing}.] [OE. availen, fr. F. ? (L. ad) + valoir to be
    worth, fr. L. valere to be strong, to be worth. See
    1. To turn to the advantage of; to be of service to; to
       profit; to benefit; to help; as, artifices will not avail
       the sinner in the day of judgment.
             O, what avails me now that honor high ! --Milton.
    2. To promote; to assist. [Obs.] --Pope.
    {To avail one's self of}, to make use of; take advantage of.
             Then shall they seek to avail themselves of names.
             I have availed myself of the very first opportunity.
  2. \A*vail"\, v. i.
    To be of use or advantage; to answer the purpose; to have
    strength, force, or efficacy sufficient to accomplish the
    object; as, the plea in bar must avail, that is, be
    sufficient to defeat the suit; this scheme will not avail;
    medicines will not avail to check the disease. ``What signs
    avail ?'' --Milton.
          Words avail very little with me, young man. --Sir W.
  3. \A*vail"\, n.
    1. Profit; advantage toward success; benefit; value; as,
       labor, without economy, is of little avail.
             The avail of a deathbed repentance.   --Jer. Taylor.
    2. pl. Proceeds; as, the avails of a sale by auction.
             The avails of their own industry.     --Stoddard.
    Syn: Use; benefit; utility; profit; service.
  4. \A*vail"\, v. t. & i.
    See {Avale}, v. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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