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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Our Typee friends availed themselves of the recent disaster of Toby to exhort us to a due appreciation of the blessings we enjoyed among them, contrasting their own generous reception of us with the animosity of their neighbours.
Sometimes they scrambled from rock to rock, up the bed of some mountain stream, dashing its bright way down to the plains; sometimes they availed themselves of the paths made by the deer and the mountain sheep, which, however, often took them to the brinks of fearful precipices, or led to rugged defiles, impassable for their horses.
Had the Greeks, says the Abbe Milot, been as wise as they were courageous, they would have been admonished by experience of the necessity of a closer union, and would have availed themselves of the peace which followed their success against the Persian arms, to establish such a reformation.
Women who, like Mrs Western, know the world, and have applied themselves to philosophy and politics, would have immediately availed themselves of the present disposition of Mr Western's mind, by throwing in a few artful compliments to his understanding at the expense of his absent adversary; but poor Sophia was all simplicity.
During the next fifteen minutes she looked more like a rose than ever, for everyone availed themselves of their privileges to the fullest extent, from Mr.
Popcom said newlyweds Clark and Audrey also availed themselves of NSVI services.
The DepEd has hired 3,950 displaced HEI teachers, 928 of whom availed themselves of the department's 'green lane' for speedy employment.
Both schemes have received an overwhelming response as 1,131 companies have so far regularized their defaults under the CRS, and a total of 1,200 companies availed themselves of the easy exit facility under the CEES.
This broader story, familiar to many who have availed themselves of the scholarly 1877 edition of Alessandra's letters to her sons or more recently the bilingual edition of selected letters by Heather Gregory, is one that has received increasing attention.
In the past six months alone, hundreds of patients have availed themselves of the $795 Salud Miami comprehensive physical examination to assess their health.
Bernie Khoo, vice president of research and information for the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, says few providers have availed themselves of a service on AAHSA's Web site inviting them to send in a list of medical equipment, including makes and model numbers, and get back a report on what is Y2K compliant.
Almost one in five of this group benefitted from tax credits for the creation of new jobs (19 percent), and one in six (17 percent) availed themselves of income tax investment credits or assistance with employee recruiting and training, respectively.
The Funds hope that the involuntary Chapter 11 filing will deter other non-US entities that have availed themselves of the US capital markets, from subsequently manipulating equity and secured debt positions in local insolvency proceedings in order to negate the rights of international bondholders.
The official said 50 out of the 250 families affected by last week's demolition on Agham had already availed themselves of the relocation program.
During the Class Period, defendants availed themselves of this artificial inflation to sell 170,712 shares of their AMERIGROUP stock for proceeds of $6.