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avail (v.)

c. 1300, availen, "to help (someone), assist; benefit, be profitable to; be for the advantage of; have force or efficacy, serve for a purpose," apparently an Anglo-French compound of Old French a- "to" (see ad-) + vaill-, present stem of valoir "be worth," from Latin valere "be strong, be worth" (from PIE root *wal- "to be strong"). Related: Availed; availing. As a noun, from c. 1400.

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Definitions of avail from WordNet
1
avail (v.)
use to one's advantage;
He availed himself of the available resources
avail (v.)
be of use to, be useful to;
It will avail them to dispose of their booty
avail (v.)
take or use;
Synonyms: help
2
avail (n.)
a means of serving;
of no avail
Synonyms: help / service
From wordnet.princeton.edu