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ail

 
 
pronunciation:
eIl
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: ailed, ailing, ails
definition: to distress or cause illness or discomfort to.
His rheumatism is ailing him.
synonyms:
afflict, discomfort, distress, pain, trouble
similar words:
annoy, bother, hurt, indispose, irritate, perturb, upset, worry, wound
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to be ill or sickly.
She has been ailing ever since the accident.
synonyms:
sicken
similar words:
agonize, decline, fail, languish, pine, weaken
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