Definitions of avail

  1. be of use to, be useful to; " It will avail them to dispose of their booty"
  2. a means of serving; " of no avail"; " there's no help for it"
  3. use to one's advantage; " He availed himself of the available resources"
  4. take or use; " She helped herself to some of the office supplies"
  5. 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.
  6. To promote; to assist.
  7. 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.
  8. Profit; advantage toward success; benefit; value; as, labor, without economy, is of little avail.
  9. Proceeds; as, the avails of a sale by auction.
  10. See Avale, v.
  11. Profit; advantage.
  12. To be of use, value, or service; to give aid towards an end; to serve for a purpose.
  13. Use; means towards an end; advantage.
  14. To be of value or service to; to benefit.
  15. To be of use: to answer the purpose.
  16. Benefit: profit: service.
  17. Benefit; service.
  18. To aid; benefit.
  19. To be of use; to serve.
  20. To take advantage of.
  21. To help; aid; profit.
  22. To take; secure.
  23. To be of advantage; suffice.
  24. Utility for a purpose; profit; benefit.
  25. Proceeds.
  26. Profit; advantage; benefit; utility.
  27. To be of value or use; to profit or assist; to advise.
  28. To be of use or service; to have the effect.
  29. To turn to advantage; to be of use; to profit.

Usage examples for avail

  1. Richard made quite a number of inquiries, especially among the men who had occupied the smoking- car, but to no avail. – Richard Dare's Venture by Edward Stratemeyer
  2. He paused; but Lionel made no attempt to avail himself of this. – The Sea-Hawk by Raphael Sabatini
  3. It was of no use to try and keep them back, the tears would come, and even the reassuring pressure of Achille's hand was of no avail to cheer me; for, oh! – A Fluttered Dovecote by George Manville Fenn
  4. And yet Ada was willing to do everything that was required; but she declared always that what she did was of no avail. – The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope
  5. I told them all sorts of stories to prove that sailors believed that a woman on board would bring bad luck to a ship, but all to no avail. – The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson by Nellie Van de Grift Sanchez
  6. My prayers were of no avail; you shall find that my sword is more powerful. – La Vendée An Historical Romance by Anthony Trollope
  7. And the hour so spent brought with it some slight comfort, as he could avail himself of that opportunity to mention any thing that he might have learned of what was passing out- of- doors, or to receive any instructions which they might desire to give him. – The Life of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France by Charles Duke Yonge
  8. There, try and bear it, for it is of no avail to weep. – One Maid's Mischief by George Manville Fenn
  9. Then became each day like every other, and the thought of my hope and my despair ate mine heart out, and I was of no avail unto any. – The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris
  10. It does not teach that, when we are born again, we avail ourselves of Christ. – The Apology of the Augsburg Confession by Philip Melanchthon
  11. He knew that protest would avail nothing. – Esther by Henry Adams
  12. I offered to take him under my protection, but it was of no avail. – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
  13. I realize that if it had been possible you would have given me back my babies, and you must not say that your efforts have been of no avail. – From the Valley of the Missing by Grace Miller White
  14. " The time may come when he will avail himself of that permission," Betty said; " you ought to be careful how you tempt Fate, Caroline." – Outside Inn by Ethel M. Kelley
  15. Nevertheless, I hardly expected to avail myself of the privilege. – Autobiography of a YOGI by Paramhansa Yogananda
  16. But did the administration in that reign avail themselves of any one of those opportunities? – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12) by Edmund Burke