Definition of unavailable in English:

unavailable

adjective

  • 1Not able to be used or obtained; not at someone's disposal.

    ‘material which is unavailable to the researcher’
    • ‘Among the hundreds of payments are several other extraordinary sums unavailable to most workers.’
    • ‘Money has bought them one thing that was previously unavailable to them - a top manager.’
    • ‘The intuition that the lesson was historically determined was of course not unavailable to Marx either.’
    • ‘Which is not to argue that a course of action is unavailable to the government that would make such atrocities less likely.’
    • ‘Any resources he must commit to shore up his position there are necessarily resources unavailable to him in swing states.’
    • ‘What subsidies are available to farmers that are unavailable to normal businesses?’
    • ‘Bread, flour, salt, sugar, cooking oil, milk and butter are all unavailable or in short supply.’
    • ‘You can have a half-empty car park, yet many of the spaces are unavailable because they cannot be reached.’
    • ‘Their memoirs have supplied a level of authenticity and detail unavailable to previous film-makers.’
    • ‘The two flats which have not been granted planning permission are currently unavailable to let.’
    • ‘The branch, on the Chase, will be unavailable to customers until the end of the month.’
    • ‘However, because of a glitch, these were unavailable to review at the time of going to press.’
    • ‘The rooms have internet access, but these facilities are unavailable to Mac users.’
    • ‘Well, reasonable enough: the only football pitch in existence is simply unavailable.’
    • ‘That is, if documents were unavailable to one side, they would be equally unavailable to the other side.’
    • ‘The rocket runners also required a lubricant that was unavailable in the UK.’
    • ‘But public transport is still unavailable to many, and often inconvenient when available.’
    • ‘One is the ability of whites to flee black crime to an extent unavailable to blacks.’
    • ‘Kafka implies that this is the one option absolutely unavailable to us.’
    • ‘As all of my mail before this week is downloaded onto the drive of my Vaio, it is unavailable to me.’
    unavailable, unobtainable, finished, sold out
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  • 2(of a person) not free to do something; otherwise occupied.

    ‘the men were unavailable for work’
    • ‘However, Mr Tilmouth has been unavailable to answer questions for the last fortnight.’
    • ‘Christina Aguilera was, presumably, unavailable to claim her right of reply.’
    • ‘Many women are working and unavailable to take part in the organisation and running of a playgroup.’
    • ‘The doctors were either too busy or unavailable to visit the mortuary to review the body after death.’
    • ‘They must demonstrate a witness's value to a case and show that he or she may be otherwise unavailable to the court if released.’
    • ‘We contacted the Cabinet Office, but they were unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.’
    • ‘We also had six players unavailable because of holidays while Halifax were able to send two teams out, one in each half.’
    • ‘Interior Ministry officials were unavailable for comment on the report's findings.’
    • ‘Reid's lawyer at London law firm Fox Williams was unavailable for comment.’
    • ‘As a result, he was put into protective custody, given a new identity and so made unavailable to Gardai for questioning.’
    • ‘Sadly, David Lynch was unavailable to direct so we hired a man with a similar but different name.’
    • ‘One of those could be Hull amateur Chris Rhodes who was unavailable to make his expected debut last night.’
    • ‘He was unavailable for comment at the post match gathering, keeping his gums firmly clenched.’
    • ‘A spokeswoman for Jonathan Cape said the author was unavailable for comment.’
    • ‘A spokesman from Ikea was unavailable to comment on the reasons behind their decision as the Guardian went to press.’
    • ‘The mistake was made because the usual commissionaire was unavailable to raise the flag on that particular day.’
    • ‘A spokesperson for the Department of Justice was unavailable to comment on the claims.’
    • ‘Lancashire County Council and the police were unavailable to comment.’
    • ‘With two of their taller men unavailable to play, Sutton found it difficult to match up to Magic height-wise.’
    • ‘Martin was unavailable for comment last night on the detail of what he had claimed.’
    away, absent, out, unavailable, not working, not at work, off duty, on holiday, on leave, free, at leisure, idle
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Pronunciation

unavailable

/ʌnəˈveɪləb(ə)l/