from The Century Dictionary.

  • Profitable, advantageous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of avail.
  • adjective Efficacious.
  • noun dated Effect in achieving a goal or aim; purpose, use


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  • I for one do not believe that it is the possession of secular knowledge that makes one more efficient and patriotic in availing the best of democracy ..

    Without Education Or Literacy, Will Democracy Flourish In A Nation Or Misused? « Literacy Education « Literacy Help « Literacy News 2009

  • Since passage of new legislation to this end would have been difficult to secure, the activity has taken the form of encouraging measures to strengthen the hand of the Executive Departments of the United States Government in availing themselves of the discretionary authority given them under existing legislation.

    Canada & The United States—Partners in Freedom 1951

  • He lost no time in availing himself of this, and the amazed Spaniards at the village of Nord Aa suddenly beheld this fear-inspiring flotilla bearing down upon them from an entirely unexpected direction.

    Jacqueline of the Carrier-Pigeons 1919

  • As soon as he arrived, Lord Ellenborough saw the necessity of withdrawing the troops from Afghanistan, but was precipitate in availing himself of the period so to do – which certainly was not at the moment when our military prowess, the prestige of our arms, and our national character for supremacy required to be re-established.

    The Autobiography of Liuetenant-General Sir Harry Smith, Baronet of Aliwal on the Sutlej, G. C. B. 1903

  • Having obtained an entering wedge, they were not long in availing themselves of their opportunity, and now it is an acknowledged fact that any woman possessing the requisite talent, training, and practical experience in working for reproduction, is assured a profitable return for her labor.

    Art and Handicraft in the Woman's Building of the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893 1894

  • The business at Anagni had only been effected _spendendo molta moneta_; the disastrous battle of Courtrai and the inglorious Flemish wars had exhausted the royal treasury; and the debasement of the coinage availing nought, Philip turned his lustful eyes on a once powerful lay order, whose chief seat was at Paris and whose wealth and pride were the talk of Christendom.

    The Story of Paris Thomas Okey 1893

  • And when that time came, was Mr. Lincoln slow, fearful, or disobedient to "the higher law" that ever ruled his life in availing himself of it?

    The Great Funeral Oration on Abraham Lincoln 1865

  • Sometimes qualifying and complying with the formalities for availing it can be so cumbersome that the applicant may just think of dropping the idea of availing this loan modification.

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  • I like that truth about a good dinner 'availing' to secure peace, and the advice to 'caress' your bear when he is at his crossest.

    Clover Susan Coolidge 1870

  • It would also stop them from availing themselves of tax credits or deductions for medical expenses for an abortion.

    Hyde and seek on 'forcible rape' Jonathan Capehart 2011


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