ail

The verb ail means to be sick or unwell — or cause to be so. If you feel a general malaise, someone may ask what ails you, though you may just need a vacation from work or school.

The verb ail is used for things that are metaphorically unwell or unhealthy. Politicians, for example, will often tell their constituents that the only cure for what ails the country is to vote for them. Ail is used when referring to non-specific illnesses. So you are sick with the flu, or troubled by allergies, but you are not ailing because you know what's wrong. It's when you're sick but it hasn't been diagnosed that you are ailing.

Primary Meanings of ail

1.
v
be ill or unwell
2.
n
aromatic bulb used as seasoning
Full Definitions of ail
1

v be ill or unwell

Type of:
hurt, suffer
feel pain or be in pain

v cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed

Synonyms:
pain, trouble
Types:
break out, erupt, recrudesce
become raw or open
Type of:
hurt
give trouble or pain to
2

n aromatic bulb used as seasoning

Synonyms:
garlic
Types:
clove, garlic clove
one of the small bulblets that can be split off of the axis of a larger garlic bulb
Type of:
flavorer, flavoring, flavourer, flavouring, seasoner, seasoning
something added to food primarily for the savor it imparts

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