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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You will avail yourself of every opportunity of informing us of your position and progress, and at the expiration of your leave of absence will join your proper station.
Yet you do not care to avail yourself of the privilege, Prince," said Speranski, indicating by a smile that he wished to finish amiably an argument which was embarrassing for his companion.
Another silence follows this, and you feel you are being given a second chance, which you avail yourself of by inquiring if it can walk yet, or what they feed it on.
Your pardons, Senors," he began, "but if it will please you to avail yourself of the humble services of myself, I shall have great pleasure in guiding you into the interior.
Now that you have the chance you had better avail yourself of it, for I am going back to Court almost immediately.
I am telling your friend what's the fact; if you don't like to hear it, you can avail yourself of the open air.
D'Artagnan," continued Athos, "you, who but lately were so anxious for such an opportunity for expressing your gratitude to Monseigneur, here it is; avail yourself of it.
Can you hesitate to avail yourself of it, when it restores you to your friends, your old pursuits, your health and amusements; when it liberates your faithful and attached servant, whom you otherwise doom to imprisonment for the whole of your life; and above all, when it enables you to take the very magnanimous revenge--which I know, my dear sir, is one after your own heart--of releasing this woman from a scene of misery and debauchery, to which no man should ever be consigned, if I had my will, but the infliction of which on any woman, is even more frightful and barbarous.
Hasten to Monte Cristo -- avail yourself of the fortune -- for you have indeed suffered long enough.
This is the last week in July; in another month the vacation will commence I have the goodness to avail yourself of the leisure it will afford you to look out for another English master--at the close of August, I shall be under the necessity of resigning my post in your establishment.
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In order to avail yourself of a health savings account, a person must be enrolled in what the federal government has called a 'qualified, high-deductible health plan,'" Winkler said.
Attend chapter meetings, avail yourself of local and product-oriented programming.
I think it is itself miraculous, in ways that we cannot explain or understand; and that every time you avail yourself of it, you can, if you attend closely, hear something like the voice that sang the stars into being, long ago and far away and right here and right now.
Avail yourself of Big Sky's cubbyhole notes and a copy of the Statutory Instrument 129 of 2015 which are available to purchase from Printflow (Harare) for $2/copy, as well as a schedule of Deposit Fines.