Did you know?

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

bail

 - definitions and thesaurus
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

Thesaurus

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

phrasal verbs

SOLE

… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

ruck

a fight

Open Dictionary

bankster

a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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