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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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We gladly availed ourselves of her proposal, when she invited us to stay with her until our child was born, and our plans for the future were arranged.
We arrived at Louisville on the fourth night, and gladly availed ourselves of its excellent hotel.
"We then availed ourselves of the hospitality afterwards.
We availed ourselves of this pet memorial because we don't want his body to be treated as trash.
Even though we had availed ourselves of the locally made and famous Kaikoura Cracker sea sickness tablets, which are said to be infallible.
But, while seeming complete, some of us older voters have not yet availed ourselves of these most excellent ways of communicating
We availed ourselves of the hospitality of eight great university campuses: University of Texas-Pan American, North Texas State University, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Angelo State University, University of Texas-Tyler, Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Trinity University.
Turf Club chief executive Denis Egan said: "About two years ago, a new rule came in that allows us to reopen a given case and we have availed ourselves of this already this year - in that instance regarding the punishment given to a jockey for careless riding.
Those of us who have availed ourselves of the care provided by dedicated VA professionals in the past need to make sure specialized services continue to exist.
That said, the "King Po" King Prawn were "hot and spicy" as described and we availed ourselves of the opportunity to order some more.
Close by was the But-lins holiday hotel whose facilities we availed ourselves of. The Vineary bar was one of our favourites.
One air-wing leader later observed that in the 12 years following Desert Storm, we had availed ourselves of improvements in weapons technology and resulting accuracy and lethality.
Emma was one of a few children on board, and we availed ourselves of the excellent nursery, run by British nannies.
Over the past few years, as we have got older, my wife and I have availed ourselves of the many services of the Welsh NHS.
The fact that one of those, his primary fancy, was available at 5-1 was stunning news and we both availed ourselves of the price.