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.
'The recent trade spat between Korea and Japan should urge us to escalate and complete the negotiation of a free trade agreement with South Korea and review or enhance the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement to avail ourselves of more opportunities and exchanges with Japan,' he said.
During this time, we will avail ourselves of any and all remedies to ensure the continued viability of our company.
During the visit, the President will also be escorted to Pulau Semaku Landfill managed by Singapores National Environment Agency in order to better avail ourselves of Singapores expertise in waste management.
By being united to the bishops who are in union with the pope, we can avail ourselves of that sense of security contained in the promise of Christ to remain constantly with the Church, despite the vicissitudes of time, 'even unto the consummation of the world.'
'I call on all our people and in particular our Muslim brethren to avail ourselves of the training and serenity that Ramadan provides; to cleanse our hearts and enrich our souls.
We might well return on a warm day and avail ourselves of the outdoor seating along with the very pleasant staff, food and location.
'We will, therefore, avail ourselves of the opportunity whenever at the pleasure of your Excellency, and at a venue convenient for the purpose.'