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