from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To be of use or advantage to; help: Nothing could avail the dying patient.
- intransitive v. To be of use, value, or advantage; serve: Halfway measures will no longer avail.
- n. Use, benefit, or advantage: labored to no avail.
- idiom avail (oneself) of To make use of.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To turn to the advantage of
- v. To be of service to.
- v. To promote; to assist.
- v. To be of use or advantage; to answer or serve the purpose; to have strength, force, or efficacy sufficient to accomplish the object.
- v. To provide.
- n. Effort; striving.
- n. An advertising slot or package.
- n. A press avail.
- n. Non-binding notice of availability for work.
- n. A readily available stock of oil.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To turn to the advantage of; to be of service to; to profit; to benefit; to help.
- transitive v. To promote; to assist.
- intransitive v. To be of use or advantage; to answer the purpose; to have strength, force, or efficacy sufficient to accomplish the object
- n. Profit; advantage toward success; benefit; value.
- n. Proceeds.
- v. See avale, v.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To have value or use; be of service or advantage; give profit: as, wealth avails little to a castaway.
- To have force or efficacy; serve for a purpose; give aid toward an end: as, his cries availed to bring relief.
- To take or draw advantage; make use or profit.
- To be for the advantage of; assist or profit: as, what will skill avail us against numbers?
- To promote; prosper; assist: said of things.
- To advantage; profit; give the benefit to: used reflexively, with of: as, he availed himself of the opportunity.
- n. Advantage, profit, or benefit, in a general sense; also, value or estimation.
- n. Efficacy for a purpose; advantage to an object or end: now used chiefly in negative phrases, or sentences of negative import: as, of little or no avail; I doubt whether it will be of much avail.
- n. plural Profits or proceeds: as, the avails of a sale by auction.
- n. Returns.
- See avale.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. take or use
- v. be of use to, be useful to
- n. a means of serving
- v. use to one's advantage
Middle English availen : a-, intensive pref. (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + Old French valoir, vail-, to be worth (from Latin valēre, to be strong; see wal- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English vailen ("to be of use"), from Old French valoir ("to be worth"), from Latin valeo ("to be strong"). (Wiktionary)