(noun, verb)


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

Similar word(s): bond

Definition categories: possession, recognizance

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

Definition categories: thought


1. release after a security has been paid

Definition categories: social, free, liberate, loose, release, unloose, unloosen

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

Definition categories: possession, deliver, render

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

Definition categories: communication, guarantee, vouch

4. empty (a vessel) by bailing

Definition categories: change, empty

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

Definition categories: change, remove, take, withdraw

Sentences with bail as a verb:

- to bail cloth to a tailor to be made into a garment; to bail goods to a carrier

- to bail water out of a boat

- to bail a boat

- With his engine in flames, the pilot had no choice but to bail.