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Meaning of “bail” in the English Dictionary

"bail" in British English

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uk   us   /beɪl/
  • bail noun (MONEY)

[U] an ​amount of ​money that a ​person who has been ​accused of a ​crimepays to a ​lawcourt so that they can be ​released until ​theirtrial. The ​payment is a way of making ​certain that the ​person will ​return to ​court for ​trial: He was released/​remanded on bail (of $100,000). Because of a ​previousconviction, the ​judgerefused to grant bail (= ​allow the ​accusedperson to be ​released). Her ​parents have ​agreed to put up/​stand (US also post) (= ​pay) bail for her.


uk   us   /beɪl/
  • bail verb (REMOVE WATER)

[I] (UK also bale) to ​removewater from a ​boat using a ​container: The boat's ​sinking! Start bailing ​quickly!
  • bail verb (MONEY)

[T] If someone ​accused of a ​crime is bailed, they are ​released until ​theirtrial after ​paying bail to the ​court: She was ​yesterday bailed for three ​weeks on ​drink-drivingoffences. [+ to infinitive] He was bailed toappear at the Magistrates' ​Court next ​month.
(Definition of bail from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bail" in American English

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bailnoun [U]

 us   /beɪl/
  • bail noun [U] (MONEY)

a ​sum of ​money given to a ​lawcourt by a ​personaccused 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.

bailverb [I/T]

 us   /beɪl/
  • bail verb [I/T] (REMOVE WATER)

to ​removewater from a ​boat by using a ​container: [T] I’d ​float around for ​hoursfishing and bailing out the ​waterleaking in.
(Definition of bail from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bail" in Business English

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bailnoun [U]

uk   us   /beɪl/
LAW money that someone ​agrees to ​pay to a ​court so that a ​person who has been ​accused of a ​crime can remain ​free until their ​trial. If the ​person does not appear at the ​trial, the ​courtkeeps the ​money: The Court of Appeals ​let him remain free on bail during the ​appeal of his ​conviction. I ​agreed to stand bail for him (= ​pay the bail). Bail was set at £20,000.

bailverb [T, usually passive]

uk   us   /beɪl/
LAW if someone ​accused of a ​crime is bailed, they are ​released until their ​trial, after ​money has been ​paid to the ​court: She was bailed after being ​charged with ​fraud.
(Definition of bail from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “bail”
in Korean 보석금…
in Arabic كَفالة…
in Malaysian ikat jamin…
in French caution…
in Russian залог…
in Chinese (Traditional) 錢, 保釋金…
in Italian cauzione…
in Turkish kefalet, kefalet ücreti…
in Polish kaucja…
in Spanish fianza…
in Vietnamese tiền bảo lãnh…
in Portuguese fiança, liberdade sob fiança…
in Thai ค่าประกันตัว…
in German die Kaution…
in Catalan fiança…
in Japanese 保釈…
in Chinese (Simplified) 钱, 保释金…
in Indonesian uang jaminan…
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