avail ( avails 3rd person present) ( availing present participle) ( availed past tense & past participle )
1 If you do something to no avail or to little avail, what you do fails to achieve what you want.
to/of no avail, to/of little avail phrase PHR after v, v-link PHR
His efforts were to no avail...
2 verb If you availyourself of an offer or an opportunity, you accept the offer or make use of the opportunity.
FORMAL Guests should feel at liberty to avail themselves of your facilities. V pron-refl of n
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