V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (n.) 1. help or advantage in something; 2. success in achieving something; (v.) 1. to be of help or be useful; 2. to use (to one's advantage)
Synonyms: (n.) use, advantage, benefit, success, gain, help, aid, (v.) benefit, profit
Antonyms: damage, harm, hurt
Tips: Avail is often used in negative situations with the formulation "to no avail," meaning "to no success" or "to no advantage." In the plural, avails refers to profits.
I tried to persuade my sister to come to the party, but to no avail. (use, success) noun
He tried to comfort the crying child, but his efforts were of little avail. (help, use, benefit) noun
It will avail the Olympic athlete's chances for endorsements if he appears on multiple television shows immediately after winning a medal. (help, benefit) verb
It's of little avail to me that you admire my work if the boss isn't happy with it. (help, benefit) noun
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