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bail1

bail1

 
pronunciation:
beIl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
phrases:
jump bail, on bail
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an amount of money or other property left with a court to ensure that a person who is released after arrest will return to stand trial.
The judge set bail at three hundred dollars.
definition 2: the release obtained by payment of bail.
He stayed with his parents after his bail.
definition 3: the person or group providing such payment.
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phrase: jump bail
phrase: on bail
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: bailed, bailing, bails
definition 1: to secure or allow the release of (a person under arrest) by providing bail (often fol. by out).
With no one to bail him out, he had to stay in jail.
definition 2: (informal) to help out of a difficult situation (often fol. by out).
I bailed him out of his financial trouble with a loan.
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