Utilise vs Avail - What's the difference?

utilise | avail |

As verbs the difference between utilise and avail

is that utilise is while avail is (transitive|often|reflexive) to turn to the advantage of.

As an adjective utilise

is used, in use.

As a noun avail is

(lb) benefit; value, profit; advantage toward success.



Alternative forms

* utilize


  • To make useful, to find a practical use for.
  • To make (l) of; to use.
  • To make best use of; to use to its fullest extent, potential, or ability.
  • To make do with; to use in manner different from that originally intendedT.A.R. Cheney, Getting the Words Right , Writer's Digest Books (1983).
  • Usage notes

    Many style guides have advised against utilize and utilise'', arguing that the simpler verb use is always preferable (and analogously, that the noun ''use'' is preferable to ''utilization'' and ''utilisation'').Sir Ernest Gowers 1965 ''The Complete Plain Words'' Oxford: Oxford University PressEric Partridge 1973 ''Usage and Abusage: A Guide to Good English'' England: Penguin BooksJohn E. Kahn (ed) 1985 ''The Right Word at the Right Time'' London:Readers DigestPam Peters 1995 ''The Cambridge Australian English Style Guide'' Cambridge:Cambridge University Press When used simply as a synonym in ordinary writing (as in “please ''utilise the rear door when exiting the aircraft”) it can strike readers as pretentious, and so should be used sparingly.New Oxford American Dictionary 3rd edition (c) 2010 by Oxford University Press, Inc. American novelist (David Foster Wallace) calls it a puff word.He continues: "Since it does nothing that good old use doesn't do, its extra letters and syllables don't make a writer seem smarter. I tell my students that using utilize makes you seem either pompous or so insecure that you'll use pointlessly big words in an attempt to look smart." Others argue that utilise has other senses, and is acceptable or even necessary (instead of (term)) in such senses. One such sense is “make best use of” (profitable, practical use, not just general use), as in “if we fail to utilise all resources, we will fail” – here the nuance is not simply “use”, but “make best use of”. Further, in American usage, (term) can imply use outside an object’s intended purpose.


    * employ * exploit * use

    Derived terms

    * (l) * (l) * (l)






    (en verb)
  • (transitive, often, reflexive) To turn to the advantage of.
  • I availed myself of the opportunity.
  • To be of service to.
  • Artifices will not avail the sinner in the day of judgment.
  • To promote; to assist.
  • (Alexander Pope)
  • To be of use or advantage; to answer or serve the purpose; to have strength, force, or efficacy sufficient to accomplish the object.
  • The plea in court must avail .
    ''This scheme will not avail.
    Medicines will not avail to halt the disease.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • Words avail very little with me, young man.
  • To provide; to make available.
  • * {{quote-news, 2004, November 16, Nik Ogbulie, Decongesting the Banking Floors, This Day citation
  • , passage=With this initiative, Valucard becomes an open system that is not limited to point of sale (POS) transactions, but now avails cash to its holders in various locations nationwide.}}


    * disavail

    Derived terms

    * available * disavail


    (en noun)
  • (lb) Benefit; value, profit; advantage toward success.
  • *:
  • *:I shal take the aduenture sayd Balen that god wille ordeyne me / but the swerd ye shalle not haue at this tyme by the feythe of my body / ye shalle repente hit within short tyme sayd the damoysel/ For I wold haue the swerd more for your auaylle than for myne / for I am passyng heuy for your sake
  • *, III.1:
  • *:hardy Citizenssticke not to sacrifice their honours and consciences, as those of old, their lives, for their Countries availe and safety.
  • *{{quote-book, 1895, (Andrew Lang), A Monk of Fife
  • , passage=So this friar, unworthy as he was of his holy calling, had me at an avail on every side, nor do I yet see what I could do but obey him, as I did.}}
  • Effect in achieving a goal or aim; purpose, use (now usually in negative constructions).
  • :
  • *
  • *:Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
  • *2014 , , " Southampton hammer eight past hapless Sunderland in barmy encounter", The Guardian , 18 October:
  • *:At half-time, Poyet replaced Wes Brown with Liam Bridcutt in the heart of defence and sent out the rest of the players to atone for their first-half mistakes. To no avail .
  • *(Richard Henry Stoddard) (1825–1903)
  • *:the avails of their own industry
  • Effort; striving.
  • *{{quote-book, 1613, (Thomas Campion), chapter=Songs of Mourning, , year_published=1907, page=125, title= Poetical Works (in English) of Thomas Campion
  • , passage=And ev'n now, though he breathless lies, his sails / Are struggling with the winds, for our avails / T'explore a passage hid from human tract, / Will fame him in the enterprise or fact.}}
  • An advertising slot or package.
  • *{{quote-book, 1994, Barry L. Sherman, page=353, title= Telecommunications Management: Broadcasting/cable and the New Technologies, isbn=0070566984
  • , passage=The salesperson at an affiliate TV station might prepare an avail which offers two weeks of spots in early and late news
  • *{{quote-book, 2004, Walter S. Ciciora et al., page=123, title= Modern Cable Television Technology: Video, Voice, and Data Communications, isbn=1558608281
  • , passage=At an avail , the ad server plays out the MPEG-2 audio/video elementary streams.}}
  • A press avail.
  • :
  • Non-binding notice of availability for work.
  • (lb) A readily available stock of oil.
  • *{{quote-book, 1967, title= Interstate Compact on Oil and Gas (10th Extension), page=95
  • , passage=Total crude oil avails (production plus purchases) of even highly "self-sufficient" refiners are far greater than their reported refinery inputs.}}

    Usage notes

    * (success or benefit) Very often encountered in negative phrases, such as of' or '''to''' '''no''' or '''little''' ' avail .