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English definition of “avail”

avail

noun [U] uk   /əˈveɪl/ us  
use, purpose, advantage, or profit: We tried to persuade her not to resign, but to no avail (= did not succeed). My attempts to improve the situation were of little/no avail.Goals and purposes

avail

verb [T] uk   /əˈveɪl/ us  
old use to help or be useful to someone or something: Our efforts availed us nothing (= did not help).Helping and co-operating Indian English to make use of something: Over a thousand learners have already availed the opportunity to study at our college. To avail this offer, please click here.
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(Definition of avail from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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