Pronunciation: (u-vāl'),[key] —v.t. to be of use or value to; profit; advantage: All our efforts availed us little in trying to effect a change.
—v.i. 1. to be of use; have force or efficacy; serve; help: His strength did not avail against the hostile onslaught. 2. to be of value or profit.
3. avail oneself of, to use to one's advantage: They availed themselves of the opportunity to hear a free concert.
—n. 1. advantage; use; efficacy; effective use in the achievement of a goal or objective: His belated help will be of little or no avail. 2. avails,Archaic.profits or proceeds.