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[uh-vey-luh-buh l] /əˈveɪ lə bəl/
suitable or ready for use; of use or service; at hand:
I used whatever tools were available.
readily obtainable; accessible:
available resources.
having sufficient power or efficacy; valid.
Archaic. efficacious; profitable; advantageous.
Origin of available
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; see avail, -able
Related forms
availability, availableness, noun
availably, adverb
interavailability, noun
interavailable, adjective
nonavailability, noun
unavailability, noun
unavailable, adjective
unavailableness, noun
unavailably, adverb
1. accessible, usable, handy.
1. unavailable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for available
  • That would make three hundred and fifty invitations available altogether.
  • Scientific American's archive to 1948 is now available online .
  • No reservations available, so arrive by lunchtime Friday to get a good site.
  • We now have about 10 percent of them available electronically.
  • Some videos are only available in Flash, which these devices do not support.
  • Every Tuesday, a new episode will be added to those available on the site.
  • Frequent flyer miles may not be available.
  • The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.
  • It may have moved or may no longer be available.
  • But it cannot be made available to them without Congressional legislation.
British Dictionary definitions for available


obtainable or accessible; capable of being made use of; at hand
(US, politics, derogatory) suitable for public office, usually as a result of having an inoffensive character: Smith was a particularly available candidate
Derived Forms
availability, availableness, noun
availably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for available

mid-15c., "beneficial," also "valid, effective, capable of producing the desired effect," from avail + -able. Meaning "at one's disposal, capable of being made use of" is recorded from 1827.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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