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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

To take water out of a boat with a scoop. Also: Money paid to guarantee that an arrested person will appear for trial.

Usage examples (24)
  • To keep our boat from sinking, we will need to work together to bail out the water.
  • He is out on bail
  • The judge set bail at
  • Release on bail is very different than an acquittal. for more
Tutoring comment
  • You can post "bail" (security given to ensure one's court appearance), you can "bail" (empty water from a boat), or you can store a "bale" (large tightly wrapped package).
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