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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On the first of the two, after following Marian to the inn at Blackwater (studying, behind a convenient waggon which hid me from her, the poetry of motion, as embodied in her walk), I availed myself of the services of my invaluable wife, to copy one and to intercept the other of two letters which my adored enemy had entrusted to a discarded maid.
"I found a person to take charge of my class," be said; "and I gladly availed myself of the opportunity of seeing you again."
Clerval desired the intercourse of the men of genius and talent who flourished at this time, but this was with me a secondary object; I was principally occupied with the means of obtaining the information necessary for the completion of my promise and quickly availed myself of the letters of introduction that I had brought with me, addressed to the most distinguished natural philosophers.
Having had so little help in my studies, I had a stupid pride in refusing all, even such as I might have availed myself of, without shame, in books, and I would not read any Spanish author with English notes.
They did look like fun, I have to admit, and I also have to admit I have not availed myself of the scooter service.
So, in the interests of research, I made sure I availed myself of Metropolitan's more fashionable delights.
A determinant piece of good luck during my high school years--the early 1950s--was a class pass offering free admission to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, a privilege I availed myself of virtually every afternoon.
Being a newly appointed instructor, I availed myself of as much of the collective wisdom as I could find at the gathering.
HAVING never been a venal, into-money-for-money'ssake type, I have not availed myself of tax avoidance schemes when offered them by my accountant.
Seriously though, much as I hate tipping favourites, I'm really keen on the chance of Present View and I only wish I'd availed myself of some of the 14-1 that was available when the race was first priced.
Ramon Magsaysay Jr., my name was cleared as it was certified by the Department of Agriculture's director of Region 10, the late Rufo Chan, that I had not availed myself of my allocation from the fertilizer fund.
Being the upstanding and moral guy that I am from a country that would never allow such a thing in any way, shape or form, I never availed myself of this particular Turkish delight.
It is also a fact that I have availed myself of some, not all, of the benefits bestowed by Labour.
I availed myself of the opportunity and asked him a number of political questions.
"If I had not availed myself of that, I would be in a very sorry state.