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a·vail

avail

 
 
pronunciation:
veIl
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
phrases:
avail oneself of
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: availed, availing, avails
definition: to be useful or profitable to; be of value to.
His kindness availed him little.
synonyms:
benefit, profit
similar words:
gain, pay, serve
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to be useful or profitable; be of value.
synonyms:
benefit, profit
similar words:
serve
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phrase: avail oneself of
 
part of speech: noun
definition: use, advantage, or value (usu. prec. by no).
They argued for a long time, but to no avail.
synonyms:
advantage, benefit, use
similar words:
behoof, good, value
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