Availing
Avail A*vail", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Availed} (?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Availing}.] [OE. availen, fr. F. ? (L. ad) + valoir to be worth, fr. L. valere to be strong, to be worth. See {Valiant}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

O, what avails me now that honor high ! --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To promote; to assist. [Obs.] --Pope. [1913 Webster]

{To avail one's self of}, to make use of; take advantage of. [1913 Webster]

Then shall they seek to avail themselves of names. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

I have availed myself of the very first opportunity. --Dickens. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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