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’
    • ‘Bread, flour, salt, sugar, cooking oil, milk and butter are all unavailable or in short supply.’
    • ‘The intuition that the lesson was historically determined was of course not unavailable to Marx either.’
    • ‘Their memoirs have supplied a level of authenticity and detail unavailable to previous film-makers.’
    • ‘The branch, on the Chase, will be unavailable to customers until the end of the month.’
    • ‘Kafka implies that this is the one option absolutely unavailable to us.’
    • ‘Among the hundreds of payments are several other extraordinary sums unavailable to most workers.’
    • ‘The two flats which have not been granted planning permission are currently unavailable to let.’
    • ‘The rocket runners also required a lubricant that was unavailable in the UK.’
    • ‘One is the ability of whites to flee black crime to an extent unavailable to blacks.’
    • ‘Well, reasonable enough: the only football pitch in existence is simply unavailable.’
    • ‘But public transport is still unavailable to many, and often inconvenient when available.’
    • ‘Any resources he must commit to shore up his position there are necessarily resources unavailable to him in swing states.’
    • ‘Which is not to argue that a course of action is unavailable to the government that would make such atrocities less likely.’
    • ‘The rooms have internet access, but these facilities are unavailable to Mac users.’
    • ‘You can have a half-empty car park, yet many of the spaces are unavailable because they cannot be reached.’
    • ‘What subsidies are available to farmers that are unavailable to normal businesses?’
    • ‘As all of my mail before this week is downloaded onto the drive of my Vaio, it is unavailable to me.’
    • ‘That is, if documents were unavailable to one side, they would be equally unavailable to the other side.’
    • ‘However, because of a glitch, these were unavailable to review at the time of going to press.’
    • ‘Money has bought them one thing that was previously unavailable to them - a top manager.’
    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’
    • ‘Lancashire County Council and the police were unavailable to comment.’
    • ‘A spokesman from Ikea was unavailable to comment on the reasons behind their decision as the Guardian went to press.’
    • ‘However, Mr Tilmouth has been unavailable to answer questions for the last fortnight.’
    • ‘A spokesperson for the Department of Justice was unavailable to comment on the claims.’
    • ‘He was unavailable for comment at the post match gathering, keeping his gums firmly clenched.’
    • ‘Christina Aguilera was, presumably, unavailable to claim her right of reply.’
    • ‘A spokeswoman for Jonathan Cape said the author was unavailable for comment.’
    • ‘With two of their taller men unavailable to play, Sutton found it difficult to match up to Magic height-wise.’
    • ‘Reid's lawyer at London law firm Fox Williams was unavailable for comment.’
    • ‘We contacted the Cabinet Office, but they were unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.’
    • ‘Martin was unavailable for comment last night on the detail of what he had claimed.’
    • ‘The mistake was made because the usual commissionaire was unavailable to raise the flag on that particular day.’
    • ‘We also had six players unavailable because of holidays while Halifax were able to send two teams out, one in each half.’
    • ‘As a result, he was put into protective custody, given a new identity and so made unavailable to Gardai for questioning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Interior Ministry officials were unavailable for comment on the report's findings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The doctors were either too busy or unavailable to visit the mortuary to review the body after death.’
    • ‘Many women are working and unavailable to take part in the organisation and running of a playgroup.’
    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/