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"ail" in British English

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ailverb

uk   us   /eɪl/

ail verb (CAUSE DIFFICULTY)

[T] formal to ​causedifficulty and ​problems for someone or something: The ​governmentseems 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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ailverb [I/T]

 us   /eɪl/
to ​feel or ​cause someone to ​feelill, ​unhealthy, or ​weak: [T] I don’t ​know what’s ailing her.
(Definition of ail from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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