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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR AVAILED

He was yet speaking when Duncan availed himself of the water.

I had learned, and I availed myself of the knowledge, that it was born before its time.

Mr. Fairbanks saw his opportunity and availed himself of it.

Neither of you two could ever be sure when, or if at all, he availed himself of that access.

That very evening Dr. Carter availed himself of the invitation.

No attempt which has ever been made to convert them into slaves, has availed much.

He had been permitted to amble and to walk and had availed himself of the permission.

Nothing had availed to crush him, even as nothing ever does avail to crush a man of character.

Neither insult nor tyranny had availed to force a word or a cry out of him.

The first morning of his imprisonment in this place he availed himself of the privilege.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, availen, apparently a French compound formed in English from Old French a- "to" (see ad-) + vailen "to avail," from vaill-, present stem of valoir "be worth," from Latin valere (see valiant). Related: Availed; availing. As a noun, from c.1400.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.