Definitions for: Avail

[n] a means of serving; "of no avail"; "there's no help for it"
[v] use to one's advantage; "He availed himself of the available resources"
[v] take or use; "She helped herself to some of the office supplies"
[v] be of use to, be useful to; "It will avail them to dispose of their booty"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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
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.

I have availed myself of the very first opportunity.

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.

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.

A*vail", v. t. & i.
See Avale, v. [Obs.] --Spenser.

Synonyms: help, help, service

See Also: aid, apply, assist, employ, exploit, help, helpfulness, use, utilise, utilize, work

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