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ail

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verb \ˈāl\

Simple Definition of ail

  • : to cause pain or trouble for (someone)

  • : to suffer bad health

Full Definition of ail

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to give physical or emotional pain, discomfort, or trouble to

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to have something the matter; especially :  to suffer ill health

Examples of ail

  1. This medicine is good for what ails you.

  2. His back was ailing him.

  3. She has been ailing for years.



Origin of ail

Middle English eilen, from Old English eglan; akin to Gothic agljan to harm


First Known Use: before 12th century


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ail

noun

Definition of ail

  1. :  ailment




Medical Dictionary

ail

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transitive verb \ˈā(ə)l\

Medical Definition of ail

  1. :  to affect with an unnamed disease or physical or emotional pain or discomfort—used only of unspecified causes <what ails the patient>

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  to become affected with pain or discomfort <was ailing from a cold>





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