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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Some few of the poorer Norman gentry might also be seen, distinguished by their shaven chins and short cloaks, and not less so by their keeping together, and looking with great scorn on the whole solemnity, even while condescending to avail themselves of the good cheer which was so liberally supplied.
Nor did the assistants scorn to avail themselves of those means of consolation, although, every now and then, as if suddenly recollecting the cause which had brought them together, the men groaned in unison, while the females, of whom many were present, raised up their voices and shrieked for very woe.
But they did not even attempt to avail themselves of it: never once did they follow me: my ears were in too good training to make any mistake.
She was confirmed in this delusion by the fact that she had become a very wealthy heiress and also by the fact that the older she grew the less dangerous she became to men, and the more freely they could associate with her and avail themselves of her suppers, soirees, and the animated company that assembled at her house, without incurring any obligation.
The truth of this is sufficiently manifest from the single circumstance, that the philosophers of the schools accept as a maxim that there is nothing in the understanding which was not previously in the senses, in which however it is certain that the ideas of God and of the soul have never been; and it appears to me that they who make use of their imagination to comprehend these ideas do exactly the some thing as if, in order to hear sounds or smell odors, they strove to avail themselves of their eyes; unless indeed that there is this difference, that the sense of sight does not afford us an inferior assurance to those of smell or hearing; in place of which, neither our imagination nor our senses can give us assurance of anything unless our understanding intervene.
The family of distinction with whom she is engaged, desire to avail themselves of her services as soon as possible.
More than 3,000 farmers and their dependents may avail themselves of scholarships in entrepreneurial courses under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, following a partnership between the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the skills development agency.
The state health insurer declared that even non-PhilHealth members can also avail themselves of benefits when needing confinement due to dengue complications.
Blanco said indigent patients could avail themselves of free blood under the PRC's Blood Samaritan program and funds, a tie-up with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, private individuals and various local government units.
'There are 64,000 who have submitted their declarations, while over 92,000 made payments to avail themselves of amnesty.
So must of the tax evaders do not avail themselves of these tax amnesties.
Summary: Throughout summer, flyers can avail themselves of discounts
4-2019 on April 5, 2019, providing the procedure and condition on how delinquent taxpayers can avail themselves of the privilege.
Speaking on the occasion, Commissioner Bilal Butt said that citizens should avail themselves of the facilities extended by the Punjab government at subsidized rates in the bazaars.