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.