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present tense
I/you/we/theybail out
he/she/itbails out
present participlebailing out
past tensebailed out
past participlebailed out
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to help a person or organization that is having problems, especially financial problems
    The government has already bailed this particular project out once before.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to give money to a court when someone is allowed to stay out of prison while they wait for their trial
    My father got a lawyer and bailed me out.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] to leave a project, situation, or relationship, especially when it becomes difficult
    bail out of: Investors bailed out of high-tech stocks as prices plunged.
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