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English definition of “hail”

hail

noun [U]  /heɪl/ us  

hail noun [U] (ICE)

small, hard balls of ice that fall from the sky like rain A hail of things is a lot of them directed toward someone: After his speech he faced a hail of questions from reporters.

hail

verb  /heɪl/ us  

hail verb (CALL)

[T] to call and attract the attention of someone: You wait here with our bags while I hail a taxi.

hail verb (PRAISE)

[T] to publicly praise or show approval for a person or an achievement: Heppner has been hailed as one of the finest tenors in the operatic world today.

hail verb (FALL AS ICE)

[I] If it hails, small, hard balls of ice fall from the sky: It hailed for a few minutes this morning.
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(Definition of hail from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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