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1 bail /ˈbeɪl/ noun
1 bail
/ˈbeɪl/
noun
Learner's definition of BAIL
[noncount]
: an amount of money given to a court to allow a prisoner to leave jail and return later for a trial
◊ The bail paid by a person accused of a crime is returned when the person comes back to court for a trial. To set bail is to decide how much money a person must pay in order to get out of jail until a trial.
To grant bail or give bail is to allow a prisoner to pay money to leave jail until a trial.
If you are denied bail or held without bail, a court will not allow you to pay money to leave jail until your trial.
If you are free on bail or out on bail or have been released/freed on bail, you have paid the court money and are now out of jail and waiting for your trial.
If you make bail or post bail, you give enough money to the court and can leave jail until your trial.
To jump bail or skip bail is to pay money to get out of jail and then not return for your trial.
2 bail /ˈbeɪl/ verb
bails; bailed; bailing
2 bail
/ˈbeɪl/
verb
bails; bailed; bailing
Learner's definition of BAIL

bail out

[phrasal verb]
bail (someone) out or bail out (someone) : to make it possible for someone to leave jail by paying bail
bail (someone or something) out or bail out (someone or something) : to help (someone) solve a problem or leave a difficult situation : to help (a business, an organization, etc.) by giving or lending money
see also bailout
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3 bail /ˈbeɪl/ verb
bails; bailed; bailing
3 bail
/ˈbeɪl/
verb
bails; bailed; bailing
Learner's definition of BAIL
[+ object] : to remove or throw water from or out of a boat
[no object] US, informal : to leave a difficult situation

bail out

[phrasal verb] chiefly US
: to jump out of an airplane with a parachute
: to leave or escape a harmful or difficult situation
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