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 for avail
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Avail \A*vail"\, n.
     1. Profit; advantage toward success; benefit; value; as,
        labor, without economy, is of little avail.
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              The avail of a deathbed repentance.   --Jer. Taylor.
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     2. pl. Proceeds; as, the avails of a sale by auction.
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              The avails of their own industry.     --Stoddard.
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     Syn: Use; benefit; utility; profit; service.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Avail \A*vail"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Availed (?); p. pr. & vb.
     n. Availing.] [OE. availen, fr. F. ? (L. ad) + valoir to be
     worth, fr. L. valere to be strong, to be worth. See
     Valiant.]
     1. To turn to the advantage of; to be of service to; to
        profit; to benefit; to help; as, artifices will not avail
        the sinner in the day of judgment.
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              O, what avails me now that honor high ! --Milton.
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     2. To promote; to assist. [Obs.] --Pope.
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     To avail one's self of, to make use of; take advantage of.
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              Then shall they seek to avail themselves of names.
                                                    --Milton.
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              I have availed myself of the very first opportunity.
                                                    --Dickens.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Avail \A*vail"\, v. t. & i.
     See Avale, v. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Avail \A*vail"\, v. i.
     To be of use or advantage; to answer the purpose; to have
     strength, force, or efficacy sufficient to accomplish the
     object; as, the plea in bar must avail, that is, be
     sufficient to defeat the suit; this scheme will not avail;
     medicines will not avail to check the disease. "What signs
     avail ?" --Milton.
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           Words avail very little with me, young man. --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  avail
      n 1: a means of serving; "of no avail"; "there's no help for it"
           [syn: avail, help, service]
      v 1: use to one's advantage; "He availed himself of the
           available resources"
      2: be of use to, be useful to; "It will avail them to dispose of
         their booty"
      3: take or use; "She helped herself to some of the office
         supplies" [syn: avail, help]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  105 Moby Thesaurus words for "avail":
     abet, account, advance, advantage, aid, answer, applicability,
     appositeness, appropriateness, assist, bail out, be equal to,
     be handy, be of use, bear, bear a hand, befriend, behalf, behoof,
     benefit, benison, bestead, blessing, boon, break no bones, comfort,
     convenience, do, do good, do it, do no harm, do the trick, doctor,
     ease, favor, fill, fill the bill, fitness, fulfill, gain, get by,
     give a boost, give a hand, give a lift, give good returns,
     give help, go around, good, hack it, help, hold, interest, just do,
     lend a hand, lend one aid, make the grade, meet, meet requirements,
     pass, pass muster, pay, pay off, percentage, point, proffer aid,
     profit, protect, qualify, rally, reach, reclaim, redeem, relevance,
     relieve, remedy, render assistance, rescue, restore, resuscitate,
     revive, satisfy, save, serve, serve the purpose, service,
     serviceability, set up, stand, stand up, stretch, succor, suffice,
     suitability, take in tow, take it, use, usefulness, value, welfare,
     well-being, work, work for, world of good, worth, yield a profit
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  AVAIL. Profits of land; hence tenant paravail is one in actual possession,
  who makes avail or profits of the land. Ham. N. P. 393.
  
  

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