Adjective "bail" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


The temporary release of an accused person awaiting trial, sometimes on condition that a sum of money is lodged to guarantee their appearance in court.
  1. 'The defendants were released on bail at Cork District Court yesterday for sentencing on February 15.'
  2. 'A child or young person may be either released on bail or remanded to local authority accommodation.'
  3. 'When Kemmache sought release on bail once again, this was refused by the Assize Court.'
  4. 'The girl is charged with manslaughter and is on bail awaiting trial.'
  5. 'Charged with credit-card fraud and identity theft, most of the suspects arrested that day have been released on bail pending trial.'
  6. 'The vast majority of the defendants pleaded not guilty and were released on bail with strict conditions.'
  7. 'However, there is an increasing tendency to free the indictee on bail, provided guarantees are given by the relevant State authorities that he will not be allowed to escape.'
  8. 'A man who struck his wife during the course of a row was released on bail at Carlow District Court on February 28.'
  9. 'The appellants were released on bail having spent approximately 7 months in custody.'
  10. 'I think it was made clear that after their arrest they were on bail and their bail conditions prevented them having any contact with her.'
  11. 'they feared the financier would be tempted to forfeit the £10 million bail and flee'
  12. 'His family today confirmed they cannot pay the five million drachma bail money which has been set by the judges presiding over his case.'
  13. 'The group has been arraigned, with bail for one member set at $10 million.'
  14. 'He was charged with sexual abuse and freed on £1.87 million bail.'
  15. 'He was briefly arrested last month before being released on US $3 million bail.'
  16. 'If one of the world's most famous entertainers did not show up in one hour, he would be sent to jail, losing $3 million bail.'
  17. 'Two days later he was spotted again at the tournament and taken into custody, his bail set at $2 million.'
  18. 'He's on $1-million bail, after police corruption allegations delayed his committal hearing.'
  19. 'He is free on $3 million bail but must attend the court hearings daily.'
  20. 'He is free on £1.87 million bail and at an ‘undisclosed location’, believed to be in Las Vegas.'
  21. 'The couple's bail money, totalling HK $1.25 million, was forfeited and warrants issued for their arrest.'


Release or secure the release of (a prisoner) on payment of bail.
  1. with object and infinitive 'he was bailed to appear at Durham Crown Court'
  2. 'The only reason we, the public, can think of as to why that man was bailed and not remanded in custody is that the prisons are full and there are not enough prison or remand beds to keep a man like that in custody for a length of time.'
  3. 'All six men have been bailed to appear before Bradford Magistrates' Court on Friday.'
  4. 'He was bailed to appear at Swadlincote Magistrates' Court on 12 th October.'
  5. 'The three were bailed to appear at Croydon Crown Court on June 10.'
  6. 'A 20-year-old Lancaster man has been bailed to appear before magistrates in January in connection with a burglary at the park last month.'
  7. 'We see no necessity for a defendant who is bailed to be expressly warned that, if he absconds, he may be tried in his absence, for that has been the English common law for over a century.'
  8. 'Both men have been bailed to appear at Bow Street Magistrates Court on March 2 when they will have an opportunity to enter a plea in the case.'
  9. 'Six were cautioned, one was released without charge and three were bailed.'
  10. 'A spokesman said 16 of them would appear before magistrates in Grimsby and Cleethorpes today while another two were bailed to appear before magistrates tomorrow.'
  11. 'She was not charged but was unconditionally bailed to appear at Harrogate Police Station tomorrow.'


Scoop water out of (a ship or boat)
  1. 'This feeling grows, too, from involvement in the work of maintaining camp - pitching in when cookout fires should be built, sailboats require bailing, and cabins need cleaning.'
  2. 'The race had ended and this crew was waiting to get out of the boat when I noticed the woman bailing.'
  3. 'Working deep in the hold we find the faithful ones who keep bailing the bilges without regard for the Mate's view on whether they should be doing it or not.'
  4. 'When they arrived, the sailors helped to bale out the 26 foot vessel and they were able to identify the cause of the problem as a leaking cooling pipe which was letting in the sea.'
  5. 'Instead of turning off the tap, we're going to use pots and pans to bail water out of the tub.'
  6. 'The first time, the boat swamped with water and they had to race back to dry land along Lincoln Avenue to bail the water.'
  7. 'Despite taking on water and having to bail all the way, the trip took only a week.'
  8. 'On a fatal journey back to England a storm rocked his ship and as the crew and dismal captain bailed water from the ship, an amazing thing happened for John.'
  9. 'Herel bailed water with one hand and clenched the ship’s side with the other.'
  10. 'When all the pumps failed, the five started trying to bail the water by hand.'
  11. 'Staff frantically tried to bail water out with buckets flowing the downpour yesterday afternoon.'
  12. 'Several members of the assisting-boat crew boarded the sinking fisher and helped bail the rising water.'
  13. '‘The first phase was plugging the leaks, the second phase was to bail the water and now we are high in the water and going places,’ Shelton said.'
  14. 'One had no water in her kicthen; the other told us that he had been bailing water with a bucket all day.'
  15. 'What I was doing was bailing water out of the ship to keep it afloat.'
  16. 'So they desperately start bailing water to keep the ship afloat.'
  17. 'Others were forced to bail water out of their properties.'
  18. 'It is like Team New Zealand bailing water out of the boat - it did not matter.'
  19. 'I am tired of bailing water out after each rain and the boat lists badly because of all the water that's in it.'
  20. 'Guns never hesitated; he just got barefoot, waded in and started bailing, and the rest of us formed a chain gang.'
  21. 'After trying to get some of the water out of my raft, my hands were just too cold to continue, and I had to stop bailing and try to warm them.'
Abandon a commitment, obligation, or activity.
  1. 'I couldn't handle the crowds , so I bailed'
  2. 'If he bails, so do I. But, you know what, I know he's not going to bail.'
  3. 'And as far as evidence goes, I don't see any here of anything other than a gal changing her mind (maybe even leading you on) and then bailing.'
  4. 'Sandy was planning on coming over with me to show off but at the last minute she bailed saying she had a headache.'
  5. 'Chuck bails around the 2: 00 mark to avoid the stinkface.'
  6. 'After his acceptance, he spent his time quizzing everyone he could buttonhole, then bailed and issued a ‘sell’ on the stock.'
  7. 'Quitters bail regardless of responsibility, commitment or timing, right?'
  8. 'Lawler bailed, and the old enemies shook hands.'
  9. 'I think first you need to grudgingly, grindingly accept the fact that you may never 100% understand why she bailed.'
  10. 'The partners on the receiving end - figuratively, obviously, in some cases - have multiple reasons for not bailing.'
  11. 'If I'm at a conference that has concurrent sessions, which most do, I usually plan on bailing if I don't like it in 10 or 15 minutes.'

More definitions

1. property or money given as surety that a person released from custody will return at an appointed time.

2. the person who agrees to be liable if someone released from custody does not return at an appointed time.

3. the state of release upon being bailed.

4. on bail, released or free as a result of having posted bond: He was out on bail within 10 hours of his arrest. verb (used with object)

5. to grant or obtain the liberty of (a person under arrest) on security given for his or h

More examples(as adjective)

"months can be bail."


(bail)Middle English: from Old French, literally ‘custody, jurisdiction’, from bailler ‘take charge of’, from Latin bajulare ‘bear a burden’.


go bail (or stand bail)
jump bail
post bail