avail

Definitions

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    GREAT HORNED OWL Rabbits constitute a favorite food when available. Poultry and other birds are also destroyed by this owl. Range: Eastern North America
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v avail use to one's advantage "He availed himself of the available resources"
    • v avail take or use "She helped herself to some of the office supplies"
    • v avail be of use to, be useful to "It will avail them to dispose of their booty"
    • n avail a means of serving "of no avail","there's no help for it"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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    • Avail Proceeds; as, the avails of a sale by auction. "The avails of their own industry."
    • Avail Profit; advantage toward success; benefit; value; as, labor, without economy, is of little avail . "The avail of a deathbed repentance."
    • v. t. & i Avail See Avale v.
    • v. i Avail 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 ?""Words avail very little with me, young man."
    • Avail To promote; to assist. "Then shall they seek to avail themselves of names.""I have availed myself of the very first opportunity."
    • Avail 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 !"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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    • avail To have value or use; be of service or advantage; give profit: as, wealth avails little to a castaway.
    • avail To have force or efficacy; serve for a purpose; give aid toward an end: as, his cries availed to bring relief.
    • avail To take or draw advantage; make use or profit.
    • avail To be for the advantage of; assist or profit: as, what will skill avail us against numbers?
    • avail To promote; prosper; assist: said of things.
    • avail To advantage; profit; give the benefit to: used reflexively, with of: as, he availed himself of the opportunity.
    • n avail Advantage, profit, or benefit, in a general sense; also, value or estimation.
    • n avail Efficacy for a purpose; advantage to an object or end: now used chiefly in negative phrases, or sentences of negative import: as, of little or no avail; I doubt whether it will be of much avail.
    • n avail plural Profits or proceeds: as, the avails of a sale by auction.
    • n avail Returns.
    • avail See avale.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • v.t Avail a-vāl′ to be of value or service to: to benefit: to take the benefit of (used reflexively with of)
    • v.i Avail to be of use: to answer the purpose: :
    • n Avail benefit: profit: service
    • Avail Same as Avale.
    • v.i Avail (obs.) to take or draw advantage
    • v.i Avail (Amer.) to inform, assure of
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Quotations

  • Ronald Reagan
    Ronald%20Reagan
    “It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph%20Waldo%20Emerson
    “One of the benefits of a college education is to show the boy its little avail.”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “What do sad complaints avail if the offense is not cut down by punishment.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “Bravery has no place where it can avail nothing.”
  • Robert Collier
    Robert%20Collier
    “Desire is proof of the availability...”
  • Pierre Corneille
    Pierre%20Corneille
    “Force is legitimate where gentleness avails not.”

Idioms

To little avail - If something is to little avail, it means that, despite great efforts, something ended in failure, but taking comfort from the knowledge that nothing else could have been done to avert or avoid the result.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. availen, fr. F. (L. ad,) + valoir, to be worth, fr. L. valere, to be strong, to be worth. See Valiant

Usage

In literature:

It cannot provide available plant-food, air, and warmth to plants.
"Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement" by Alva Agee
Within these laws all things are possible; beyond them, nothing is of avail.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
When Christians have been available their services have of course been thankfully secured.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
Wherever it was possible, the investigators consulted the available records of the State and county.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 7, 1922" by Various
In the meantime villages sprang up in pretty nearly every locality in which there was available water-power.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
A road has been built and motor cars are available.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
One might complain with as much avail that men will fall in love with pretty girls instead of with those who are ugly!
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
To make war upon an island a land army was of no avail.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
But what could it avail him?
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Nothing dost thou avail; oh thou!
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
Part of the grant made to every school for the maintaining of the school grounds should be available for school garden expenses.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
For some time it seemed that the exertions of the sailors were to be of no avail.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
The annual earnings available for dividends are at the rate of about L450,000 per annum.
"Principles of Mining" by Herbert C. Hoover
In a decisive action, fire of position should be employed whenever the terrain permits and reserve infantry is available.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Nitrogen in an available form, such as nitrates, has been found to be converted into a less available form.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
The only fresh water available was that which was landed on the Island by the schooners which carried away the sulphur bags.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
Were such our intention, the tables at the end of the volume would show that ample materials are available.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
No satisfactory figures are available to show the cost in men and money of the Indian Wars in the Southwest.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
Bad as the depreciated currency was, it was the only currency available for the active business of the country.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
Space is available in the equipment frame for this expansion, should it prove desirable.
"Preliminary Specifications: Programmed Data Processor Model Three (PDP-3)" by Digital Equipment Corporation
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In poetry:

Now dreams
Are not available
To the dreamers,
Nor songs
To the singers.
"Oppression" by Langston Hughes
Drain it off quickly
Before it exhales;
Save when 'tis glowing,
The draught naught avails.
"Punch Song" by Friedrich von Schiller
He liveth, and we live;
His life for us prevails;
His fulness fills our emptiness,
His strength for us avails.
"Our Life Is Hid With Christ" by Horatius Bonar
A duty done is victory won,
E'en though in the doing,
Efforts may fail to bring avail
In lines we are pursuing.
"Duty Done" by Jared Barhite
And of the dangers of the way
She told a trembling tale;
But to divert a settled mind
Nor words nor woes avail.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
My longing makes me pale.
Oh, what can wealth avail?
E'en now thy father may be pale.
Thou mak'st my courage fail.
"The Destruction Of Magdeburg" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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In science:

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