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avail

(Be of use), verb aid, assist, assist in accomplishhng a purpose, be good to, be of service, be of value, be profitable, be useful, benefit, bestead, bring to bear, confer a benefit on, do service, have efficacy, help, perform a funccion, prodesse, promote, serve, service, subserve, succor, suit one's purpose, valere

avail

(Bring about), verb accomplish, bear fruit, bring forth, cause, conduce, effect, effectuate, engender, evolve, generate, give origin to, give rise to, have force, meet thedemand, occasion, produce, profit, provide, re uti, realize, render, succeed, suffice
See also: advantage, aid, behalf, benefit, betterment, edification, enjoyment, fulfill, function, gain, help, inure, organize, output, profit, promote, purpose, recourse, relief, use, utility, worth

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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Availing himself of their negligence, by a sudden exertion of strength and activity, Gurth shook himself free of their hold, and might have escaped, could he have resolved to leave his master's property behind him.
He thought more of Bernardo del Carpio because at Roncesvalles he slew Roland in spite of enchantments, availing himself of the artifice of Hercules when he strangled Antaeus the son of Terra in his arms.
And when parties were pretty equally matched, the secret sympathy of the friends and favorers of the condemned person, availing itself of the good-nature and weakness of others, might frequently bestow impunity where the terror of an example was necessary.
A few observations on this subject will be the more proper, as it is perceived that the adversaries of the new Constitution are availing themselves of the prevailing prejudice with regard to the practicable sphere of republican administration, in order to supply, by imaginary difficulties, the want of those solid objections which they endeavor in vain to find.
I hammered at the door, but I could not make the people hear (if there were any people inside), and after a time I desisted, and, availing myself of a ditch for the greater part of the way, succeeded in crawling, unobserved by these monstrous machines, into the pine woods towards Maybury.
Availing himself of a handle that projected from a half-fallen door, he tied the animal safely and having drawn a red cotton handkerchief, from his pocket, wiped away the perspiration that streamed from his brow, then, advancing to the door, struck thrice with the end of his iron-shod stick.