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bail

noun [U]  /beɪl/ us  

bail noun [U] (MONEY)

a sum of money given to a law court by a person accused of a crime so that the person can be released until the trial, at which time the money will be returned: The judge set bail at $100,000.

bail

verb [I/T]  /beɪl/ us  

bail verb [I/T] (REMOVE WATER)

to remove water from a boat by using a container: [T] I’d float around for hours fishing and bailing out the water leaking in.
Translations of “bail”
in Korean 보석금…
in Arabic كَفالة…
in French caution…
in Turkish kefalet, kefalet ücreti…
in Italian cauzione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 錢, 保釋金…
in Russian залог…
in Polish kaucja…
in Spanish fianza…
in Portuguese fiança, liberdade sob fiança…
in German die Kaution…
in Catalan fiança…
in Japanese 保釈…
in Chinese (Simplified) 钱, 保释金…
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