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available

Syllabification: a·vail·a·ble
Pronunciation: /əˈvāləbəl
 
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adjective

  • 1Able to be used or obtained; at someone’s disposal: refreshments will be available all afternoon a slush fund available to universities
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    • This option is only available to those able to pay an initial consultation fee.
    • Workers will be able to find out about what help will be available to them to find another job.
    • This information seems to have been obtained from file notes which were not made available to us.
    Synonyms
    obtainable, accessible, at hand, at one's disposal, handy, convenient; on sale, procurable; untaken, unengaged, unused
    informal up for grabs, on tap, gettable
  • 1.1(Of a person) not otherwise occupied; free to do something: the nurse is only available at certain times the minister was not available for comment
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    • He was not available for comment on Monday but has vowed to clear himself of the allegations.
    • Nor could we depend on the same people being available the next day to finish an interrupted game.
    • She added that the necessary staff are not available at weekends to allow people to view their cars.
    Synonyms
    free, unoccupied; present, in attendance; contactable; unattached, single
  • 1.2 informal Not currently involved in a sexual or romantic relationship: there’s a dearth of available women here
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    • Taking Sydney, a city much decried for its man shortage, the census shows the number of available men actually outnumbers available women in most age groups.
    • Married men have been chasing single women for a very long time and available women have been falling for them for just as long.
    • When you are in a relationship with a woman and you are doing your best to remain faithful you can begin to stop looking for single or available women.

Derivatives

availability

Pronunciation: /əˌvāləˈbilitē/
noun
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  • An unexpected benefit is the availability of flights from regional airports in the UK.
  • Some of them face legal entanglements as to title and availability for such a project.
  • Several houses had been put on hold pending the availability of funds for the project.

Origin

late Middle English (in the senses 'effectual, serviceable' and 'legally valid'): from avail + -able. Sense 1 dates from the early 19th century.

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