Meaning of “available” in the English Dictionary

"available" in English

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availableadjective

uk /əˈveɪ.lə.bəl/ us /əˈveɪ.lə.bəl/

A2 able to be bought or used:

Is this dress available in a larger size?
Our autumn catalogue is now available from our usual stockists.
There's no money available for an office party this year.
It is vital that food is made available to the famine areas.
Do you have any double rooms available this weekend?

If someone is available, they are not busy and therefore able to do something:

[ + to infinitive ] I'm afraid I'm not available to help with the show on the 19th.
Every available officer will be assigned to the investigation.

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(Definition of “available” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"available" in American English

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availableadjective

us /əˈveɪ·lə·bəl/

able to be obtained, used, or reached:

Her new book is available in bookstores all across America.
availability
noun [ U ] us /əˌveɪ·ləˈbɪl·ɪ·t̬i/

I’ll check on the availability of tickets.

(Definition of “available” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"available" in Business English

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availableadjective

uk /əˈveɪləbl/ us

if something is available, you are able to buy it, own it, or have it:

Business class is sold out, but there are still a few seats available in first class.
We will let you know about any available jobs at the branch.
Portfolio samples and references are available on request.
make sth available The government made available additional funding for clean energy research.
be/become available for sth The new release will become available for purchase in April of next year.
be/become available to sb Access to this website is only available to registered users.

if someone is available, they have enough time to do something:

I’m sorry, he’s not available right now. Would you like to leave him a message?
available for sth Are you available Thursday morning for a conference call?
available to do sth I'm busy all this week but I'd be available to meet with you next Monday.

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The policy of economic and social cohesion, then, demands that these procedures be reviewed so that we can effectively benefit from all the funds available.
In those circumstances, the relevant information that would be made available would include the information that you referred to relating to trade names and companies, etc.
The reason why these raw materials will no longer be available should have been discussed more thoroughly and questioned more aggressively.
In the coming years we will be able to have a better-founded discussion because we will have figures available in order to clarify our position.
In the shorter term, we need to ensure that the sick have access to treatment and medicines, which also have to be made available in the first place.
The phytosanitary constraints, and different elements such as capacity building on trade negotiation, are not really a problem in terms of money made available.
Only when sound scientific information is available will it be possible to decide on the nature of the measures needed to supplement those already in place.
The reform we are now studying must be developed, to enable information facilitating multiannual comparisons to be made available to the monitoring bodies in good time.
I am in favour of banning animal testing, provided, of course, that reliable alternative tests are available, in particular with regard to metabolites.
I believe that we are under an obligation to bring to these women's attention what options are available by way of contraception.