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a·vail

avail

 
 
pronunciation:
veIl
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
phrases:
avail oneself of, to no avail
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: avails, availing, availed
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
phrase: to no avail
 
part of speech: noun
definition: use, advantage, or value.
His small knowledge of Japanese was of no avail in understanding conversations spoken at normal speed and in the local dialect.
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