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avail    : [əv'el]
Avail \A*vail"\, n.
1. Profit; advantage toward success; benefit; value; as,
labor, without economy, is of little avail.
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The avail of a deathbed repentance. --Jer. Taylor.
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2. pl. Proceeds; as, the avails of a sale by auction.
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The avails of their own industry. --Stoddard.
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Syn: Use; benefit; utility; profit; service.
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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.
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O, what avails me now that honor high ! --Milton.
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2. To promote; to assist. [Obs.] --Pope.
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{To avail one's self of}, to make use of; take advantage of.
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Then shall they seek to avail themselves of names.
--Milton.
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I have availed myself of the very first opportunity.
--Dickens.
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Avail \A*vail"\, v. t. & i.
See {Avale}, v. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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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.
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Words avail very little with me, young man. --Sir W.
Scott.
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avail
n 1: a means of serving; "of no avail"; "there's no help for it"
[synonym: {avail}, {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" [synonym: {avail}, {help}]

105 Moby Thesaurus words for "avail":
abet, account, advance, advantage, aid, answer, applicability,
appositeness, appropriateness, assist, bail out, be equal to,
be handy, be of use, bear, bear a hand, befriend, behalf, behoof,
benefit, benison, bestead, blessing, boon, break no bones, comfort,
convenience, do, do good, do it, do no harm, do the trick, doctor,
ease, favor, fill, fill the bill, fitness, fulfill, gain, get by,
give a boost, give a hand, give a lift, give good returns,
give help, go around, good, hack it, help, hold, interest, just do,
lend a hand, lend one aid, make the grade, meet, meet requirements,
pass, pass muster, pay, pay off, percentage, point, proffer aid,
profit, protect, qualify, rally, reach, reclaim, redeem, relevance,
relieve, remedy, render assistance, rescue, restore, resuscitate,
revive, satisfy, save, serve, serve the purpose, service,
serviceability, set up, stand, stand up, stretch, succor, suffice,
suitability, take in tow, take it, use, usefulness, value, welfare,
well-being, work, work for, world of good, worth, yield a profit




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