Availed



to be of use or value to; profit; advantage:
All our efforts availed us little in trying to effect a change.
to be of use; have force or efficacy; serve; help:
His strength did not avail against the hostile onslaught.
to be of value or profit.
advantage; use; efficacy; effective use in the achievement of a goal or objective:
His belated help will be of little or no avail.
avails, Archaic. profits or proceeds.
avail oneself of, to use to one’s advantage:
They availed themselves of the opportunity to hear a free concert.
Historical Examples

The possession of raw squashes would have availed us little.
The Believing Years Edmund Lester Pearson

I had learned, and I availed myself of the knowledge, that it was born before its time.
Calderon The Courtier Edward Bulwer-Lytton

But of this expedient she availed herself rather less than any of her forerunners.
The Tales Of The Heptameron, Vol. I. (of V.) Margaret, Queen Of Navarre

Mr. Fairbanks saw his opportunity and availed himself of it.
Cleveland Past and Present Maurice Joblin

There lay the scheming, busy head, but what availed all its calculations and its cunning now!
The Cock and Anchor Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Neither of you two could ever be sure when, or if at all, he availed himself of that access.
The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens

We also availed ourselves of this good opportunity to determine our position and check our compasses; they proved to be correct.
The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2 Roald Amundsen

No attempt which has ever been made to convert them into slaves, has availed much.
Chronicles of Border Warfare Alexander Scott Withers

I availed myself of this time to look about the town and its environs.
A Woman’s Journey Round the World Ida Pfeiffer

Neither insult nor tyranny had availed to force a word or a cry out of him.
The Scapegoat Hall Caine

verb
to be of use, advantage, profit, or assistance (to)
avail oneself of, to make use of to one’s advantage
noun
use or advantage (esp in the phrases of no avail, to little avail)
v.

c.1300, availen, apparently a French compound formed in English from Old French a- “to” (see ad-) + vailen “to avail,” from vaill-, present stem of valoir “be worth,” from Latin valere (see valiant). Related: Availed; availing. As a noun, from c.1400.
In addition to the idiom beginning with avail

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