Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

bail - definition and synonyms

 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

ThesaurusThesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun     bail pronunciation in British English
/beɪl/
Word Forms
Close
singularbail
pluralbails
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    [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.

    1. a.
      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. 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
    Synonyms and related words
BuzzWord

Physical Cookie

a small electronic device which is taken into shops and links individual customers to advertisements …

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

sortilege

the act or practice of telling the future using random items such as playing cards

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play