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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.
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