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1 ill /ˈɪl/ adjective
1 ill
/ˈɪl/
adjective
Learner's definition of ILL
: not well or healthy : sick or unhealthy
usually used after a verb
◊ The comparative form iller and the superlative form illest are sometimes used for this sense.
of health : not normal or good
always used before a noun : harmful or damaging
always used before a noun : not helpful or lucky
◊ The saying it's an ill wind that blows no good or it's an ill wind that blows nobody (any) good means that something that is bad in most ways is usually also good in some way.
always used before a noun : not kind or friendly
see also ill will

ill repute

see repute

with ill grace

see 1grace
2 ill /ˈɪl/ adverb
2 ill
/ˈɪl/
adverb
Learner's definition of ILL
: in a bad or imperfect way : badly, poorly often hyphenated
: in an unfavorable or unkind way
see also bode ill at bode

ill afford

◊ If you can ill afford something, you should not do it or get it because it will cause problems.
3 ill /ˈɪl/ noun
plural ills
3 ill
/ˈɪl/
noun
plural ills
Learner's definition of ILL
[noncount] : bad or unlucky things
[count] : a sickness or disease
usually plural
ills [plural] : troubles or problems
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