When something is available, you can get it or you can have access to it:

  • Books are available for you to use at a library.
  • A good education is available at public schools.
  • John needs to get to the airport. Is there a cab available?
  • There aren’t any offices available for rent in the building. They’ve all been rented.
  • The bathrooms on this floor are unavailable because they’re being renovated.
  • I need to see the doctor. Are there any appointments available for this afternoon?

A person can also be available:

  • The doctor is available after 2 p.m. this afternoon.
  • Our teacher is available to speak with students after class is over.
  • U.S. military forces are available around the clock.
  • Emergency services are available 24/7.
  • Mr. Johnson isn’t available right now. You’ll have to leave a message on his voicemail.
  • When are you available today?

The word "availability" is a noun:

  • The availability of some natural resources is limited.
  • Let me check my availability for that day.
  • Whether or not she can make the meeting depends on her availability.

woman working Is she available today?

Note: Sometimes the word "available" is used to describe a person who is not currently in a romantic relationship. If a man or a woman is available, he or she does not have a wife or a husband, a girlfriend or a boyfriend.

  • A: Tony thinks Denise is hot.
  • B: Really? She’s available. He should give her a call.

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March 19, 2013