bail - definition and synonyms


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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.

  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
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