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noun bail pronunciation in British English /beɪl/
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  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.



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