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



    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//
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  1. 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. 2[intransitive] (North American English, informal) to leave a place, especially quickly Sorry, I really have to bail.
  3. 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
  4. Word Originverb Middle English: from Old French, literally ‘custody, jurisdiction’, from bailler ‘take charge of’, from Latin bajulare ‘bear a burden’.

    bail out.

    early 17th cent.: from obsolete bail ‘bucket’, from French baille, based on Latin bajulus ‘carrier’.
    Phrasal Verbsbail out (of something)bail outbail somebodyoutbail somebodyout (of something)
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bail

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