Avail

Definition of Avail

A`vail´
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Availed ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Availing.]
O, what avails me now that honor high !
- Milton.
2.To promote; to assist.
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.
v. i.1.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.
Words avail very little with me, young man.
- Sir W. Scott.
n.1.Profit; advantage toward success; benefit; value; as, labor, without economy, is of little avail.
The avail of a deathbed repentance.
- Jer. Taylor.
2.Proceeds; as, the avails of a sale by auction.
The avails of their own industry.
- Stoddard.
v. t. & i.1.See Avale, v.

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