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

     

    hail

     verb
    verb
    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
     
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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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
  5. 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…
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