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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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 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.
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.
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.
We wanted to make sure that we availed ourselves of the technology that meets the requirements of our store management.
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.