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 ?”
Words avail very little with me, young man. --Sir W. Scott.
A·vail v. t. [imp. & p. p. Availed (░); p. pr. & vb. n. Availing.]
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.]
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.
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.]
n : a means of serving; "of no avail"; "there's no help for it"
[syn: help, service]
v 1: use to one's advantage; "He availed himself of the available
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: help]