bail

[ US /ˈbeɪɫ/ ]
[ UK /bˈe‍ɪl/ ]
NOUN
  1. the legal system that allows an accused person to be temporarily released from custody (usually on condition that a sum of money guarantees their appearance at trial)
    he is out on bail
  2. (criminal law) money that must be forfeited by the bondsman if an accused person fails to appear in court for trial
    the judge set bail at $10,000
    a $10,000 bond was furnished by an alderman
VERB
  1. secure the release of (someone) by providing security
  2. release after a security has been paid
  3. remove (water) from a vessel with a container
  4. deliver something in trust to somebody for a special purpose and for a limited period
  5. empty (a vessel) by bailing
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How To Use bail In A Sentence

  • The defendant was released on bail until his trial next year. Times, Sunday Times
  • The lawyers, policemen and bailiffs grinned, along with the clerk.
  • In a matter of hours, the Bay area was completely depleted of pumps, splashboards and self-bailers.
  • The political system has moved on to the automobile bailouts and the fiscal stimulus, but the original problem of trust in the financial system has still not been fixed.
  • I turned to air kiss Mr. Bailey and instead found myself falling as if in slow motion into the throne r oom where the Queen was holding court. A Royal Engagement
  • He skipped bail and was caught trying to steal a chicken sandwich and some plasters. Times, Sunday Times
  • Huguenots the free exercise of their religion only in the suburbs of one town in each bailiwick (bailliage), and in those places where it had been practised before the outbreak of hostilities and which they occupied at the current date. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability
  • His main task will be to ensure that the debt-laden country passes an unpopular bailout plan before elections in February. Times, Sunday Times
  • The Clinton administration last winter assembled the $50 billion emergency bailout package to ease a financial crisis in Mexico.
  • In the small main lobby, there was an elevator with an out-of-order sign on it older than I was, an open door to a stairway, and a directory with little plastic letters spelling out the names of bail bondsmen and repo services on black felt. Free Excerpt 2/5: Book of Secrets by Chris Roberson
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