avail (oneself) of

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avail (oneself) of

To utilize an available resource. I was so overwhelmed trying to get my house ready for the party that I availed myself of a local cleaning service. My dear students, I encourage you to avail yourself of the campus library as much as possible.
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avail oneself of something

to help oneself by making use of something that is available. We availed ourselves of Tom's goodwill and let him repair the fence. The campers availed themselves of the first chance in a week to take a shower.
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avail oneself of

1. Take advantage of, benefit by. For example, To get a better mortgage, he availed himself of the employee credit union. [Late 1500s]
2. Use, employ, as in I'll avail myself of the first cab to come along. [Mid-1800s]
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avail (oneself) of

To make use of.
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We returned a suitable answer to this affectionate Note and after thanking her for her kind invitation assured her that we would certainly avail ourselves of it, whenever we might have no other place to go to.
What will be the consequence, if we are not able to avail ourselves of the resource in question in its full extent?
We must avail ourselves of this wonderful chance afforded us by my brilliant young nephew.
Still, if people will shut themselves up," said Albert, "and cannot be seen because they are bathing, dining, or asleep, we must avail ourselves of the opportunity whenever they are to be seen.
Afterwards when I wished to descend to the more particular, so many diverse objects presented themselves to me, that I believed it to be impossible for the human mind to distinguish the forms or species of bodies that are upon the earth, from an infinity of others which might have been, if it had pleased God to place them there, or consequently to apply them to our use, unless we rise to causes through their effects, and avail ourselves of many particular experiments.
My dear monsieur, we accept your offer, and shall presently avail ourselves of it; but just now, M.
But mind you, I am a trader, and have to make my living, so I accept your offer about those diamonds in case we should ever be in a position to avail ourselves of it.
Holmes has already been taken into your confidence, it would indeed be absurd that we should not avail ourselves of his services.
We are happy to announce that we have decided to avail ourselves of this funding opportunity which provides us with necessary capital to move forward with a number of initiatives, and which will have an immediate impact on 2018 revenues, said P.
He replied: "Our country cannot move forward if we only avail ourselves of 50 percent of our population.
During the address, the president stated that CPEC and OBOR will change the present as well as the future of our nation and we have to be well prepared and well equipped for changes to come and must be ready to avail ourselves of the opportunity arising out of CPEC.
And entrepreneurs have made it easy for us to avail ourselves of all manner of emergency kits or bags, with contents arranged in sets depending on the urgency and specificity of needs.
And we want to establish a new WDA - a body to sell Wales to the world, and avail ourselves of the business acumen the civil service lacks.
We should avail ourselves of every opportunity to educate ourselves and the public about the current state of the art, and we should encourage the public and the media to support voice education and research.
It started up in New York before taking London by storm and now, as the company expands, even we in the regions may avail ourselves of their service for a delivery charge of PS2.