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bailnoun

uk   /beɪl/ us   /beɪl/
  • bail noun (MONEY)

[U] an amount of money that a person who has been accused of a crime pays to a law court so that they can be released until their trial. 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 previous conviction, the judge refused to grant bail (= allow the accused person to be released). Her parents have agreed to put up/stand (US also post) (= pay) bail for her.

bailverb

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

[I] UK also bale to remove water 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 their trial after paying bail to the court: She was yesterday bailed for three weeks on drink-driving offences. [+ to infinitive] He was bailed to appear at the Magistrates' Court next month.
  • bail verb (STOP)

[I] informal to stop doing something or leave a place before something is finished: It was so boring I bailed early.
(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 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.

bailverb [I/T]

us   /beɪl/
  • 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.
(Definition of bail from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bail" in Business English

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bailnoun [U]

uk   /beɪl/ us  
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 court keeps 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   /beɪl/ us  
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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