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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

avail (oneself) of

To make use of.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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A momentary lull had therefore set in whilst the prison was empty, and Rosa availed herself of this favourable moment to come forth from her hiding place, which she also induced her father to leave.
Miranda had not had, perhaps, quite as many opportunities in which to lose her temper, but it is only just to say that she had not fully availed herself of all that had offered themselves.
In the afternoon, the two elder Miss Bennets were able to be for half-an-hour by themselves; and Elizabeth instantly availed herself of the opportunity of making any inquiries, which Jane was equally eager to satisfy.
Eugenie bowed coldly to the count, and availed herself of the first moment when the conversation became earnest to escape to her study, whence very soon two cheerful and noisy voices being heard in connection with occasional notes of the piano assured Monte Cristo that Mademoiselle Danglars preferred to his society and to that of M.
Her day of reckoning with the captain had not come yet -- she merely added the new item to her list, and availed herself of the camp-stool.
As primary historical researcher for the recently launched "Slavery, History and Memory Reconciliation Project" for The Jesuit Central and South Province, she has availed herself of a far greater amount of source material than anyone knew existed.
One of these borrowers is Nenita Mamaril, a cassava cake vendor, who availed herself of a BanKo loan to refurbish her store in Laguna province.
My mother never availed herself of one of those popular twintubs, nor did she use Uncle Charlie's Lunatic Asylum as an option for special things, but I can still see the beaming smile on her face in 1963 when she purchased her very first automatic washing machine which incorporated a full wash, rinse and spin cycle.
Her Royal Highness availed herself of the opportunity to commend the Damascene touch which marked the event and which represented the culture from which Mrs.
"Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has been accorded such due process and has availed herself of various legal remedies under Philippine laws," Coloma said in a Palace press briefing.
THAT so-called celebrity (though I'm not sure what for) Katie Hopkins availed herself of yet more publicity this week when she tweeted: "Dementia suerers should not be blocking beds.
She also availed herself of the art and photography exhibitions at the Addison Gallery of American Art, one of the most important collections of art in America.
She had not availed herself of the UNRWA's services when she was still in Gaza.
Only rarely has she availed herself of the athletic department's tutoring services.