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

 

entail

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪnˈteɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈteɪl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they entail
BrE BrE//ɪnˈteɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈteɪl//
 
he / she / it entails
BrE BrE//ɪnˈteɪlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈteɪlz//
 
past simple entailed
BrE BrE//ɪnˈteɪld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈteɪld//
 
past participle entailed
BrE BrE//ɪnˈteɪld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈteɪld//
 
-ing form entailing
BrE BrE//ɪnˈteɪlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈteɪlɪŋ//
 
 
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to involve something that cannot be avoided synonym involve entail something The job entails a lot of hard work. What does the job actually entail? be entailed in something The girls learn exactly what is entailed in caring for a newborn baby. entail (somebody) doing something It will entail driving a long distance every day. Word Origin late Middle English (referring to settlement of property; formerly also as intail): from en-, in- ‘into’ + Old French taille ‘notch, tax’, from taillier ‘to cut’, based on Latin talea ‘twig, cutting’.
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