Meaning of BAIL in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ beɪl ]

( bails, bailing, bailed)

Note: The spelling 'bale' is also used for meaning 4, and for meanings 1 and 3 of the phrasal verb.


Bail is a sum of money that an arrested person or someone else puts forward as a guarantee that the arrested person will attend their trial in a law court. If the arrested person does not attend it, the money will be lost.

He was freed on bail pending an appeal...

The high court set bail at $8,000.

N-UNCOUNT : oft on N


Bail is permission for an arrested person to be released after bail has been paid.

He was yesterday given bail by South Yorkshire magistrates.



If someone is bailed , they are released while they are waiting for their trial, after paying an amount of money to the court.

He was bailed for probation reports...

He was bailed to appear before local magistrates on 5 November.

VERB : usu passive , be V-ed , be V-ed to-inf


If you bail , you use a container to remove water from a boat or from a place which is flooded.

We kept her afloat for a couple of hours by bailing frantically.

VERB : V , also V n

Bail out means the same as bail .

A crew was sent down the shaft to close it off and bail out all the water...

The flood waters have receded since then, but residents are still bailing out.

PHRASAL VERB : V P n (not pron) , V P


If a prisoner jumps bail , he or she does not come back for his or her trial after being released on bail.

He had jumped bail last year while being tried on drug charges.

PHRASE : V inflects

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