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Definition of "bail" []

  • Security, usually a sum of money, exchanged for the release of an arrested person as a guarantee of that person's appearance for trial. (noun)
  • Release from imprisonment provided by the payment of such money. (noun)
  • A person who provides this security. (noun)
  • To secure the release of by providing security. (verb-transitive)
  • To release (a person) for whom security has been paid. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bail" in a sentence
  • "The decision to bail is far more difficult because hope springs eternal that maybe things will get better."
  • "The House bill (section starting on page 506) gives $4 TRILLION in 'bail-out' authority."
  • "The bail is probably the trickiest part of the spinning reel."