avail


avail
avail
1. The noun is used frequently in the somewhat literary phrases of no avail and to little/no avail, meaning ‘having little or no use or effective result’, and poses no problems.
2. There are also straightforward verb uses that are also slightly formal or literary in flavour, as in Words avail very little with him and His good works availed him nothing, and the reflexive use avail oneself of as in to avail oneself of opportunities. The reflexive construction is also found in the passive, especially in AmE:

• Individual contracts may not be availed of to defeat or delay the procedure —Legal Times, 1982.

In BrE this use should be avoided in favour of words such as use, exploit, employ, and utilize.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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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; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • avail — [ə vāl′] vi., vt. [ME availen < OFr a (L ad), to + valoir, to be worth < L valere, to be strong: see VALUE] to be of use, help, worth, or advantage (to), as in accomplishing an end [will force alone avail us?] n. 1. effective use or help;… …   English World dictionary

  • Avail — A*vail , n. 1. Profit; advantage toward success; benefit; value; as, labor, without economy, is of little avail. [1913 Webster] The avail of a deathbed repentance. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. pl. Proceeds; as, the avails of a sale by auction.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • avail — ► VERB 1) (avail oneself of) use or take advantage of. 2) help or benefit. ► NOUN ▪ use or benefit: his protests were to little avail. ORIGIN Latin valere be strong, be of value …   English terms dictionary

  • avail — (v.) c.1300, availen, apparently a French compound formed in English from O.Fr. a to + vailen to avail, from vaill , present stem of valoir be worth, from L. valere (see VALIANT (Cf. valiant)). Related: Availed; AVAILING (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • avail of — avail (yourself) of (something) to use something for your own benefit. Many students avail themselves of government loan programs to help pay for college …   New idioms dictionary