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avail


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Avail  \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 
  {Valiant}.] 
  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 
  --Milton. 
 
  I  have  availed  myself  of  the  very  first  opportunity. 
  --Dickens. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Avail  \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. 
  Scott. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Avail  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Avail  \A*vail"\,  v.  t.  &  i. 
  See  {Avale},  v.  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  avail 
  n  :  a  means  of  serving;  "of  no  avail";  "there's  no  help  for  it" 
  [syn:  {help},  {service}] 
  v  1:  use  to  one's  advantage;  "He  availed  himself  of  the  available 
  resources" 
  2:  be  of  use  to  be  useful  to  "It  will  avail  them  to  dispose 
  of  their  booty" 
  3:  take  or  use  "She  helped  herself  to  some  of  the  office 
  supplies"  [syn:  {help}] 




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