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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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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.
When I filed a claim for PhilHealth benefits, I was told the doctors availed themselves of my benefits.
Miranda said the number of those who availed themselves of the benefit slightly increased to 290,000 women in 2017.
The Filipino migrant workers availed themselves of the amnesty program of the United Arab Emirates government.
After all, thousands of socialist council house tenants availed themselves of the give away prices they paid for their council houses, compliments of the Tories.
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.
Bush have all availed themselves of the playbook developed by the McKinley-era War Party.
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.