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Meaning & Definition of Bail in English

English

Bail

/bel/

noun

1. (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"
    synonym:
  • bail
  • ,
  • bail bond
  • ,
  • bond

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • bail

verb

1. Release after a security has been paid

    synonym:
  • bail

2. Deliver something in trust to somebody for a special purpose and for a limited period

    synonym:
  • bail

3. Secure the release of (someone) by providing security

    synonym:
  • bail

4. Empty (a vessel) by bailing

    synonym:
  • bail

5. Remove (water) from a vessel with a container

    synonym:
  • bail

Examples of using

It's so typical of him to bail out at the last minute.
Tom is arranging bail.