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a·vail

 (ə-vāl′)
v. a·vailed, a·vail·ing, a·vails
v.tr.
To be of use or advantage to; help: Nothing could avail the dying patient.
v.intr.
To be of use, value, or advantage; serve: Halfway measures will no longer avail.
n.
Use, benefit, or advantage: labored to no avail.
Idiom:
avail (oneself) of
To make use of.

[Middle English availen : a-, intensive pref. (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + Old French valoir, vail-, to be worth (from Latin valēre, to be strong; see wal- in Indo-European roots).]

a·vail′ing·ly adv.

avail

(əˈveɪl)
vb
1. to be of use, advantage, profit, or assistance (to)
2. avail oneself of to make use of to one's advantage
n
use or advantage (esp in the phrases of no avail, to little avail)
[C13 availen, from vailen, from Old French valoir, from Latin valēre to be strong, prevail]
aˈvailingly adv

a•vail

(əˈveɪl)

v.t.
1. to be of use, advantage, or value to; profit: All our efforts availed us little.
v.i.
2. to be of use; have force or efficacy; serve; help: Nothing you do will avail.
3. to be of value or profit.
n.
4. effective use in the achievement of a goal or objective; advantage; use: His help was of no avail.
5. avails, Archaic. profits or proceeds.
Idioms:
avail oneself of, to use to one's advantage; make use of.
[1250–1300; Middle English availe=a- a-2 + vaile < Old French vail-, s. of valoir < Latin valēre to be of worth]
a•vail′ing•ly, adv.

avail


Past participle: availed
Gerund: availing

Imperative
avail
avail
Present
I avail
you avail
he/she/it avails
we avail
you avail
they avail
Preterite
I availed
you availed
he/she/it availed
we availed
you availed
they availed
Present Continuous
I am availing
you are availing
he/she/it is availing
we are availing
you are availing
they are availing
Present Perfect
I have availed
you have availed
he/she/it has availed
we have availed
you have availed
they have availed
Past Continuous
I was availing
you were availing
he/she/it was availing
we were availing
you were availing
they were availing
Past Perfect
I had availed
you had availed
he/she/it had availed
we had availed
you had availed
they had availed
Future
I will avail
you will avail
he/she/it will avail
we will avail
you will avail
they will avail
Future Perfect
I will have availed
you will have availed
he/she/it will have availed
we will have availed
you will have availed
they will have availed
Future Continuous
I will be availing
you will be availing
he/she/it will be availing
we will be availing
you will be availing
they will be availing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been availing
you have been availing
he/she/it has been availing
we have been availing
you have been availing
they have been availing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been availing
you will have been availing
he/she/it will have been availing
we will have been availing
you will have been availing
they will have been availing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been availing
you had been availing
he/she/it had been availing
we had been availing
you had been availing
they had been availing
Conditional
I would avail
you would avail
he/she/it would avail
we would avail
you would avail
they would avail
Past Conditional
I would have availed
you would have availed
he/she/it would have availed
we would have availed
you would have availed
they would have availed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.avail - a means of serving; "of no avail"; "there's no help for it"
helpfulness - the property of providing useful assistance
Verb1.avail - use to one's advantage; "He availed himself of the available resources"
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize - put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer"
2.avail - be of use to, be useful to; "It will avail them to dispose of their booty"
aid, assist, help - give help or assistance; be of service; "Everyone helped out during the earthquake"; "Can you help me carry this table?"; "She never helps around the house"
3.avail - take or use; "She helped herself to some of the office supplies"
exploit, work - use or manipulate to one's advantage; "He exploit the new taxation system"; "She knows how to work the system"; "he works his parents for sympathy"

avail

noun
1. benefit, use, help, good, service, aid, profit, advantage, purpose, assistance, utility, effectiveness, mileage (informal), usefulness, efficacy His efforts were to no avail.
avail yourself of something make use of, use, employ, exploit, take advantage of, profit from, make the most of, utilize, have recourse to, turn to account Guests should feel at liberty to avail themselves of your facilities.

avail

verb
To be an advantage to:
Archaic: boot.
Idiom: stand someone in good stead.
noun
1. The quality of being suitable or adaptable to an end:
2. Something beneficial:
Translations
إفادَه، نَفْع، جَدوى
bez výsledkuk ničemu
nytte
auttaahyödyttäähyötytulot
gagn; gagnslaus
perniek
derīgiveltīgi

avail

[əˈveɪl] (liter)
A. N it is of no availes inútil
to be of little availser de poco provecho
of what avail is it to ...?¿de qué sirve ... + infin ?
to no availen vano
B. VTvaler
to avail o.s. ofaprovechar(se de), valerse de
C. VI it avails nothing to + INFINde nada sirve + infin

avail

[əˈveɪl]
vt
to avail o.s. of sth [+ offer, opportunity, service] → user de qch, profiter de qch
n
to no avail, of no avail → vain(e)
His efforts were to no avail → Ses efforts furent vains.
to little avail → sans grand résultat

avail

2
vr to avail oneself of somethingvon etw Gebrauch machen; to avail oneself of the opportunity of doing somethingdie Gelegenheit wahrnehmen or nutzen, etw zu tun
vi (form)helfen; nothing could avail against their superior strengthgegen ihre Überlegenheit war nichts auszurichten
n of no availerfolglos, ohne Erfolg, vergeblich; of little availwenig erfolgreich, mit wenig or geringem Erfolg; his advice was/his pleas were of no/little availseine Ratschläge/Bitten haben nicht(s)/wenig gefruchtet; to no availvergebens, vergeblich; to little availohne großen Erfolg; of what avail is it to …? (liter)was nützt es, zu …?; and to what avail? (liter)und zu welchem Behuf? (old form)

avail

[əˈveɪl]
1. n of no availinutile
to no avail → invano, inutilmente
2. vt to avail o.s. of (opportunity) → servirsi di, approfittare or approfittarsi di; (rights) → (av)valersi di

avail

(əˈveil) : of no avail *to no avail
of no use or effect. He tried to revive her but to no avail; His efforts were of no avail.
References in classic literature ?
Our decision should be speedy," said Duncan, gladly availing himself of this change of humor, to press the more important objects of their interview; "I cannot conceal from you, sir, that the camp will not be much longer tenable; and I am sorry to add, that things appear no better in the fort; more than half the guns are bursted.
Seated at my own table in clear noonday light I saw a person whom, without my previous experience, I should have taken at the first blush for some housemaid who might have stayed at home to look after the place and who, availing herself of rare relief from observation and of the schoolroom table and my pens, ink, and paper, had applied herself to the considerable effort of a letter to her sweetheart.
The blacksmith availing himself of the mild, summer-cool weather that now reigned in these latitudes, and in preparation for the peculiarly active pursuits shortly to be anticipated, Perth, the begrimed, blistered old blacksmith, had not removed his portable forge to the hold again, after concluding his contributory work for Ahab's leg, but still retained it on deck, fast lashed to ringbolts by the foremast; being now almost incessantly invoked by the headsmen, and harpooneers, and bowsmen to do some little job for them; altering, or repairing, or new shaping their various weapons and boat furniture.
Elton actually making violent love to her: availing himself of the precious opportunity, declaring sentiments which must be already well known, hopingfearingadoringready to die if she refused him; but flattering himself that his ardent attachment and unequalled love and unexampled passion could not fail of having some effect, and in short, very much resolved on being seriously accepted as soon as possible.
Lecount, artfully availing herself of the Oriental Cashmere Robe as a means ready at hand of reaching the end she had in view -- "I see I disturb you, ma'am, over an occupation which, I know by experience, requires the closest attention.
The man who is telling the story has a proverbial great advantage; but I hope the reader knows enough of me by this to believe that I am far from meanly availing myself of it in this narrative.