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.
In his unrestrained anger, Erasmus avails himself of the most unworthy weapons.
Erasmus and the Age of Reformation Johan Huizinga
He is legally entitled to demand it, and he avails himself of his right to the utmost.
The Rider of Waroona Firth Scott
Since thou doest not live, what avails it that the world has any further continuance?
Some Specimens of the Poetry of the Ancient Welsh Bards Evan Evans
The Revised Version translates, “avails much in its working.”
George Muller of Bristol Arthur T. Pierson
There is no counsel, no caution that avails against destiny.
The Revolt of the Angels Anatole France
Prince Lichtenstein is eloquent, conciliatory; but it avails not.
History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. IX. (of XXI.) Thomas Carlyle
Neither the miraculous coat, nor the miraculous mother, avails aught against this untoward generation, charm they never so wisely.
Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 2 (of 3) Theodore Parker
For what avails it that you have the finest horse, if another ride him better?
Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10) Maria Edgeworth
He avails himself of all these advantages and finds that they answer his purpose.
The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 6 (of 6) Hippolyte A. Taine
I stay my haste, I make delays, For what avails this eager pace?
Graded Poetry: Second Year Various
to be of use, advantage, profit, or assistance (to)
avail oneself of, to make use of to one’s advantage
use or advantage (esp in the phrases of no avail, to little avail)
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
a large mass of snow, ice, etc., detached from a mountain slope and sliding or falling suddenly downward. anything like an avalanche in suddenness and overwhelming quantity: an avalanche of misfortunes; an avalanche of fan mail. Also called Townsend avalanche. Physics, Chemistry. a cumulative ionization process in which the ions and electrons of one generation […]
- Avalanche lily
either of two plants, Erythronium grandiflorum or E. montanum, of the lily family, of the mountains of northwestern North America, having nodding yellow or white flowers. Historical Examples The most noticeable and abundant flower on all slopes is the avalanche lily (erythronium montanum). The Mountain that was ‘God’ John H. Williams
- Avalanche wind
the wind that is created in front of an avalanche.
an island, represented as an earthly paradise in the western seas, to which King Arthur and other heroes were carried at death. Contemporary Examples In The Fall of Arthur, when Tolkien writes of Avalon, he means that same elvish island. Tolkien’s Unfinished Epic: ‘The Fall of Arthur’ John Garth May 22, 2013 Historical Examples And […]