Definition of avail noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

avail

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noun
BrE BrE//əˈveɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈveɪl//
 
 
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Word Origin Middle English: from obsolete vail ‘be of use or value’ (apparently on the pattern of pairs such as amount, mount), from Old French valoir, from Latin valere ‘be strong, be of value’.Idioms
of little/no avail
 
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(formal) of little or no use Your ability to argue is of little avail if the facts are wrong.
to little/no avail
 
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(formal) with little or no success The doctors tried everything to keep him alive but to no avail. They worked hard to win the project but all to no avail.
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