v. a·vailed, a·vail·ing, a·vails
To be of use or advantage to; help: Nothing could avail the dying patient.
To be of use, value, or advantage; serve: Halfway measures will no longer avail.
Use, benefit, or advantage: labored to no avail.
avail (oneself) of
To make use of.
[Middle English availen : a-, intensive pref. (from Latin ad-; see AD-) + Old French valoir, vail-, to be worth (from Latin valēre, to be strong; see wal- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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