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hailnoun

uk   /heɪl/  us   /heɪl/

hailverb

uk   /heɪl/  us   /heɪl/
  • hail verb (CALL)

C2 [T] formal to call someone in order to attract their attention: Shall we hail a taxi? I tried to hail her from across the room.
  • hail verb (ICE)

C2 [I] If it hails, small, hard balls of ice fall from the sky like rain.
(Definition of hail from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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hailnoun [U]

 us   /heɪl/
  • 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.

hailverb

 us   /heɪl/
  • 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.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of hail from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “hail”
in Korean 싸락눈, 우박…
in Arabic بَرَد…
in Malaysian ketulan hujan batu, hujan…
in French grêle, pluie…
in Russian град…
in Chinese (Traditional) 雹,冰雹…
in Italian grandine…
in Turkish (hava durumu) dolu halinde yağmak…
in Polish grad…
in Spanish granizo, lluvia…
in Vietnamese trận mưa đá, hàng loạt…
in Portuguese granizo, chuva de pedra…
in Thai ลูกเห็บ, ลูกเห็บตก…
in German der Hagel…
in Catalan calamarsa, pedra…
in Japanese ひょう, あられ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 雹,冰雹…
in Indonesian hujan es, hujan…
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