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present tense
I/you/we/theybail out
he/she/itbails out
present participlebailing out
past tensebailed out
past participlebailed out
  1. 1
    [transitive] to help a person or organization that is having problems, especially financial problems

    The government has already bailed the 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.

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  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.

  4. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] to empty water from a boat using a small container
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