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English noun: bail

1. bail (possession) (criminal law) money that must be forfeited by the bondsman if an accused person fails to appear in court for trial


SamplesThe judge set bail at $10,000.
A $10,000 bond was furnished by an alderman.


Synonymsbail bond, bond


Broader (hypernym)recognisance, recognizance


Domain categorycriminal law

2. bail (cognition) 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)


SamplesHe is out on bail.


Broader (hypernym)legal system


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law


English verb: bail

1. bail (social) release after a security has been paid


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)free, liberate, loose, release, unloose, unloosen


Verb groupbail

2. bail (possession) deliver something in trust to somebody for a special purpose and for a limited period


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)deliver, fork out, fork over, fork up, hand over, render, turn in

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


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)guarantee, vouch


Verb groupbail

4. bail (change) empty (a vessel) by bailing


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)empty


Verb groupbail

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


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw


Verb groupbail









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