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Avail (verb active)

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To Ava'il. v.a. [from valoir, Fr. to avail being nearly the same thing with faire valoir.]

  1. To profit; to turn to profit; with of before the thing used.

    Then shall they seek t' avail themselves of names,
    Places, and titles; and with these to join
    Secular pow'r.
    Milton's Par. Lost, b. xii.

    Both of them avail themselves of those licences, which Apollo has equally bestowed on them. Dryden's Dufresnoy.

  2. To promote; to prosper; to assist.

    Meantime he voyag'd to explore the will
    Of Jove on high Dodona's holy hill,
    What means might best his safe return avail.
    Pope's Odyss.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393)

Attributes: French (385) · Verb Active (289)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Avail (verb active)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 25, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=5607.


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