bail

I UK [beɪl] / US noun
Word forms "bail":
singular bail plural bails
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1)
a) [uncountable] legal money that is given to a court when someone is allowed to stay out of prison until their trial. If they do not return for the trial, the court keeps the money
post bail (= pay it):

He posted bail for her, so she's OK.

set bail (= decide on the amount of bail):

The judge set bail at $50,000.

be released/freed on bail:

She was freed on bail pending an appeal.

b) the chance to stay out of prison until your trial
grant someone bail (= allow them to have bail):

He was granted bail by the court.

(out) on bail:

offenders who commit crimes while out on bail

refuse someone bail:

The judge is expected to refuse the suspect bail.

2) [countable] in the game of cricket, one of the two small pieces of wood laid across the top of the stumps to form the wicket

jump/skip bailinformal to fail to return to court for your trial


II UK [beɪl] / US verb
Word forms "bail":
present tense I/you/we/they bail he/she/it bails present participle bailing past tense bailed past participle bailed
1) [transitive, usually passive] to allow someone to stay out of prison while they wait for their trial, after money has been paid as bail

Three of the youths were bailed.

2) [intransitive] mainly American spoken to bale out of something such as a project, situation, or relationship
Phrasal verbs:

English dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:
, / (of a pail, etc.),


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