- 1[transitive, usually passive] to describe somebody/something as being very good or special, especially in newspapers, etc. hail somebody/something as something The conference was hailed as a great success. The expedition was widely hailed as a success. Union leaders hailed the socialists’ victory as a huge step forward. hail somebody/something + noun Teenager Matt Brown is being hailed a hero for saving a young child from drowning.
- 2[transitive] hail something to signal to a taxi or a bus, in order to get the driver to stop to hail a taxi/cab See related entries: Train and bus travel
- 3[transitive] hail somebody (literary) to call to somebody in order to say hello to them or attract their attention A voice hailed us from the other side of the street. We soon came within hailing distance of(= fairly close to) the others.
- 4[intransitive] when it hails, small balls of ice fall like rain from the sky It's hailing! See related entries: Rain, Snow and ice Word Originverb sense 4 Old English hagol, hægl (noun), hagalian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hagel and German Hagel. verb senses 1 to 3 Middle English: from the obsolete adjective hail ‘healthy’ (occurring in greetings and toasts, such as wæs hæil: see wassail), from Old Norse heill, related to hale and whole. Phrasal Verbshail from…
BrE BrE//heɪl//; NAmE NAmE//heɪl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hail
BrE BrE//heɪl//; NAmE NAmE//heɪl//he / she / it hails
BrE BrE//heɪlz//; NAmE NAmE//heɪlz//past simple hailed
BrE BrE//heɪld//; NAmE NAmE//heɪld//past participle hailed
BrE BrE//heɪld//; NAmE NAmE//heɪld//-ing form hailing
BrE BrE//ˈheɪlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈheɪlɪŋ//Rain, Train and bus travel, Snow and ice