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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Failure to avail yourself of proven treatment in favor of those being offered in the Internet can have grave consequences when, by the time you realize that the disease is worsening, its too late to benefit from a treatment that would have cured you had you availed yourself of it early on.
If you've not availed yourself of the opportunity to visit one of these exhibits, please do so at your earliest possible opportunity.
Not that anything prepares you fully for arriving in a strange city at 7am (particularly if you've fully availed yourself of the on-board entertainment), but fortunately we were able to check in immediately at our hotel, The Clarion, right in the city centre.
The problem with China remains that the key to success there is not what you know but who you know, and even those you know are not inclined to help if you have not availed yourself of the systems put in place there for the protection of your rights.
All who are members of an affiliated club in England are shareholders in the place and if you haven't availed yourself of the privilege of a visit then you should.