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available

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

avail +‎ -able

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /əˈveɪləb(ə)l/
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AdjectiveEdit

available (comparative more available, superlative most available)

  1. Such as one may avail one’s self of; capable of being used for the accomplishment of a purpose.
    • 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 2, The Affair at the Novelty Theatre[1]:
      For this scene, a large number of supers are engaged, and in order to further swell the crowd, practically all the available stage hands have to ‘walk on’ dressed in various coloured dominoes, and all wearing masks.
    We have an available candidate.
  2. Readily obtainable.
    The list shows the available products in the store.
  3. (law) Valid.
    This is an available plea.
  4. (archaic) Having sufficient power, force, or efficacy to achieve the purpose; availing, effective.
    • 1897, Henry Banroft, Proceedings - Institution of Mechanical Engineers, canal Boat Propulsion:
      The different navigations she had to pass through for this purpose were such that only an independent method of propulsion would be available.
  5. Not in a romantic relationship; single.
    I asked her if she was available but she said she had a boyfriend.

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