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  • avail — 1. The noun is used frequently in the somewhat literary phrases of no avail and to little/no avail, meaning ‘having little or no use or effective result’, and poses no problems. 2. There are also straightforward verb uses that are also slightly… …   Modern English usage

  • 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Avail — A*vail , n. 1. Profit; advantage toward success; benefit; value; as, labor, without economy, is of little avail. [1913 Webster] The avail of a deathbed repentance. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. pl. Proceeds; as, the avails of a sale by auction.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • avail — ► VERB 1) (avail oneself of) use or take advantage of. 2) help or benefit. ► NOUN ▪ use or benefit: his protests were to little avail. ORIGIN Latin valere be strong, be of value …   English terms dictionary

  • avail — I n. (formal) aid 1) of little avail 2) to no avail II v. (formal) 1) intr. ( to help ) to avail against (nothing could avail against the enemy attack) 2) (d; refl.) ( to make use ) to avail of (she availed herself of the offer) * * * [ə veɪl]… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • avail — [[t]əve͟ɪl[/t]] avails, availing, availed 1) PHRASE: PHR after v, v link PHR If you do something to no avail or to little avail, what you do fails to achieve what you want. [WRITTEN] His efforts were to no avail... I apologized repeatedly, but to …   English dictionary

  • avail — availingly, adv. /euh vayl /, v.t. 1. to be of use or value to; profit; advantage: All our efforts availed us little in trying to effect a change. v.i. 2. to be of use; have force or efficacy; serve; help: His strength did not avail against the… …   Universalium

  • avail — a•vail [[t]əˈveɪl[/t]] v. t. 1) to be of use, advantage, or value to; profit: All our efforts availed us little[/ex] 2) to be of use; have force or efficacy; serve; help: Nothing you do will avail[/ex] 3) to be of value or profit 4) effective use …   From formal English to slang

  • avail — I. verb Etymology: Middle English, Anglo French availler, probably from a (from Latin ad ) + valer, valoir to be of worth, from Latin valēre more at wield Date: 14th century intransitive verb to be of use or advantage ; serve < our best efforts… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • of no avail — to/of/no avail formal phrase without getting the effect you wanted or intended His words of encouragement were to no avail. Thesaurus: unsuccessfulsynonym …   Useful english dictionary

  • to little avail — to little (or no) avail with little (or no) success or benefit he tried to get his work recognized, but to little avail …   Useful english dictionary

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