V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

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.

Usage Examples:

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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