bail

Bail can be a verb or a noun. When you bail (verb) someone out of jail, you post money, also known as bail (noun), to assure the authorities that person won't try to run away before going to trial.

As a noun, bail means bond money. This comes from the Middle English word bayle, for "captivity." As a verb, the idea of "bailing out" comes from the later word baile, which means “dipping out,” a meaning you can use when you are trying to empty something flooded. If your boat has a leak, you should bail it out (then plug the leak). When you bail, in the colloquial sense, you escape in some way.

Primary Meanings of bail

1.
nv
(criminal law) money that must be forfeited by the bondsman if an accused person fails to appear in court for trial
secure the release of (someone) by providing security
2.
v
remove (water) from a vessel with a container
Full Definitions of bail
1

n (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”
Synonyms:
bail bond, bond
Type of:
recognisance, recognizance
(law) a security entered into before a court with a condition to perform some act required by law; on failure to perform that act a sum is forfeited

n 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
Type of:
legal system
a system for interpreting and enforcing the laws

v secure the release of (someone) by providing security

Type of:
guarantee, vouch
give surety or assume responsibility

v release after a security has been paid

Type of:
free, liberate, loose, release, unloose, unloosen
grant freedom to; free from confinement

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

Type of:
deliver, fork out, fork over, fork up, hand over, render, turn in
to surrender someone or something to another
2

v remove (water) from a vessel with a container

Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v empty (a vessel) by bailing

Type of:
empty
make void or empty of contents

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