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

     

    ail

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//eɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eɪl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ail
    BrE BrE//eɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eɪl//
     
    he / she / it ails
    BrE BrE//eɪlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eɪlz//
     
    past simple ailed
    BrE BrE//eɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eɪld//
     
    past participle ailed
    BrE BrE//eɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eɪld//
     
    -ing form ailing
    BrE BrE//ˈeɪlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeɪlɪŋ//
     
    Poor health
     
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  1. 1ail something (formal) to cause problems for somebody/something They discussed the problems ailing the steel industry.
  2. 2ail somebody (old use) to make somebody ill/sick What is ailing you? See related entries: Poor health
  3. Word Origin Old English eglian, eglan, from egle ‘troublesome’, of Germanic origin; related to Gothic agls ‘disgraceful’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ail