Definition and Meanings for avail

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Part of Speech of avail

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb, noun, verb

Etymology of avail

oe. availen, fr. f. ad) + valoir to be worth, fr. l. valere to be strong, to be worth. see valiant

Meaning of avail


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to turn to the advantage of; to be of service to; to profit; to benefit; to help; as, artifices will not avail the sinner in the day of judgment.
  • to promote; to assist.

as intransitive verb

  • 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; medicines will not avail to check the disease.

as noun

  • profit; advantage toward success; benefit; value; as, labor, without economy, is of little avail.
  • proceeds; as, the avails of a sale by auction.

as transitive verb, verb

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