avail


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Avail \A*vail"\, n.
   1. Profit; advantage toward success; benefit; value; as,
      labor, without economy, is of little avail.
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            The avail of a deathbed repentance.   --Jer. Taylor.
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   2. pl. Proceeds; as, the avails of a sale by auction.
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            The avails of their own industry.     --Stoddard.
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   Syn: Use; benefit; utility; profit; service.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Avail \A*vail"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Availed (?); p. pr. & vb.
   n. Availing.] [OE. availen, fr. F. ? (L. ad) + valoir to be
   worth, fr. L. valere to be strong, to be worth. See
   Valiant.]
   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.
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            O, what avails me now that honor high ! --Milton.
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   2. To promote; to assist. [Obs.] --Pope.
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   To avail one's self of, to make use of; take advantage of.
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            Then shall they seek to avail themselves of names.
                                                  --Milton.
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            I have availed myself of the very first opportunity.
                                                  --Dickens.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Avail \A*vail"\, v. t. & i.
   See Avale, v. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Avail \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 ?" --Milton.
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         Words avail very little with me, young man. --Sir W.
                                                  Scott.
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