bail

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Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: beɪ̯l or [ˈbeɪ̯(ə)ɫ] or [beə̯ɫ]

Noun[change]

Singular
bail

Plural
bails

  1. A bail is an amount of money paid for the release of someone who has been arrested with the promise that he/she will appear in court for a trial.
    My friend had a fight with a stranger on the streets and I had to pay a bail of $12,000 for him.
  2. A bail is a bucket or a scoop used for removing water out of a boat.
    We are in trouble if the boat leaks, because we forgot to bring the bail.

Verb[change]

Plain form
bail

Third-person singular
bails

Past tense
bailed

Past participle
bailed

Present participle
bailing

  1. To bail someone is to use money to get an arrested person out of prison.
    Sorry, I have to go and bail my father. He got arrested for his reckless driving after drinking a few bottles of beer.