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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Avail \A*vail"\, noun

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 The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Avail \A*vail"\, verb (used with an object) [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 The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Avail \A*vail"\, verb (used with an object) & i. See {Avale}, v. [Obs.] --Spenser.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Avail \A*vail"\, verb (used without an object) 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 WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

avail

noun

1: a means of serving; "of no avail"; "there's no help for it" [syn: {avail}, {help}, {service}]

verb

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: {avail}, {help}]


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