Definition of bale verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    bale

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//beɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//beɪl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bale
    BrE BrE//beɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//beɪl//
     
    he / she / it bales
    BrE BrE//beɪlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//beɪlz//
     
    past simple baled
    BrE BrE//beɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//beɪld//
     
    past participle baled
    BrE BrE//beɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//beɪld//
     
    -ing form baling
    BrE BrE//ˈbeɪlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbeɪlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1bale something to make something into bales The waste paper is baled, then sent for recycling.
  2. 2bale somebody (to do something) (British English) = bail
  3. Word Origin Middle English: probably from Middle Dutch, from Old French; ultimately of Germanic origin and related to ball ‘spherical object’. Phrasal Verbsbale out
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bale