- 1[transitive] bail somebody (to do something) to release somebody on bail He was bailed to appear in court on 15 March. He was bailed on a minor drugs charge.
- 2[intransitive] (North American English, informal) to leave a place, especially quickly Sorry, I really have to bail.
- 3[transitive] bail somebody (up) (Australian English, New Zealand English, informal) to approach somebody and talk to them, often when they do not want this Word Originverb Middle English: from Old French, literally
BrE BrE//beɪl//; NAmE NAmE//beɪl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bail
BrE BrE//beɪl//; NAmE NAmE//beɪl//he / she / it bails
BrE BrE//beɪlz//; NAmE NAmE//beɪlz//past simple bailed
BrE BrE//beɪld//; NAmE NAmE//beɪld//past participle bailed
BrE BrE//beɪld//; NAmE NAmE//beɪld//-ing form bailing
BrE BrE//ˈbeɪlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbeɪlɪŋ//