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English definition of “ail”

ail

verb uk   /eɪl/ us  

ail verb (CAUSE DIFFICULTY)

[T] formal to cause difficulty and problems for someone or something: The government seems to have no understanding of what ails the country.

ail verb (BE/MAKE ILL)

[I or T] old-fashioned to be ill, or to cause to be ill: She had been ailing for years before she died.
(Definition of ail from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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