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verb bail pronunciation in British English /beɪl/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theybail
he/she/itbails
present participlebailing
past tensebailed
past participlebailed

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  1. 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. 2
    [intransitive] informal to leave something such as a project, situation, or relationship
    bail on:

    Many people would have bailed on Renee but he stood by her.

    I had a travel partner but he bailed and then I didn't want to go any more.

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