Definition of Avail

1. Noun. A means of serving. "There's no help for it"

Exact synonyms: Help, Service
Generic synonyms: Helpfulness



2. Verb. Use to one's advantage. "He availed himself of the available resources"
Generic synonyms: Apply, Employ, Use, Utilise, Utilize

3. Verb. Be of use to, be useful to. "It will avail them to dispose of their booty"
Generic synonyms: Aid, Assist, Help

4. Verb. Take or use. "They avail themselves"; "She helped herself to some of the office supplies"
Exact synonyms: Help
Generic synonyms: Exploit, Work
Derivative terms: Available

Definition of Avail

1. v. t. 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.

2. 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.

3. n. Profit; advantage toward success; benefit; value; as, labor, without economy, is of little avail.

4. v. t. & i. See Avale, v.

Definition of Avail

1. Verb. (transitive often reflexive) To turn to the advantage of ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To be of service to. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To promote; to assist. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To be of use or advantage; to answer or serve the purpose; to have strength, force, or efficacy sufficient to accomplish the object. ¹

5. Verb. (India Africa elsewhere proscribed) To provide. ¹

6. Noun. (obsolete) Benefit; value, profit; advantage toward success. (defdate 15th-19th c.) ¹

7. Noun. Effect in achieving a goal or aim; purpose, use (now usually in negative constructions). (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

8. Noun. (context: now only US) Proceeds; profits from business transactions. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

9. Noun. (obsolete poetic) Effort; striving. ¹

10. Noun. (television advertising) An advertising slot or package. ¹

11. Noun. (US politics journalism) A press avail. ¹

12. Noun. (British acting) Non-binding notice of availability for work. ¹

13. Noun. (oil industry) A readily available stock of oil. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Avail

1. to be of use or advantage to [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Avail

1. 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Avail

auxotox
auxotroph
auxotrophic
auxotrophic mutant
auxotrophic strains
auxotrophies
auxotrophism
auxotrophisms
auxotrophs
auxotrophy
auxotyping
av-gas
ava
avadavat
avadavats
avail (current term)
availabilities
availability
availability bias
available
available arch length
available energy
available seat mile
available seat miles
available ton mile
available ton miles
availableness
availablenesses
availably
availe

Literary usage of Avail

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1. The History of the Reformation of the Church of England by Gilbert Burnet, Edward Nares (1843)
"... which maketh no let or not avail or profit any other, bat as all good • tbe General and continual Remedy, help, The Receiving thereof of one Man, ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"Whether our works of satisfaction performed on behalf of the dead avail purely out of God's benevolence and mercy, or whether God obliges himself in justice ..."

3. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Edward Cornelius Towne (1896)
"WHAT DO TEARS avail?" PEACE! what do tears avail? She lies all dumb and pale; And from her eye The spirit of lovely life is fading, And she must die! ..."

4. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1882)
"court decided that the defendant was entitled to avail himself of the statute against the claims of the plaintiffs proceeding under the provisions of their ..."

5. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"In reply to what is suggested on behalf of the plaintiff in error as to the election made by the United States to avail itself of one title rather than ..."

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