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vail

verb \ˈvāl\

Definition of VAIL

transitive verb
:  to lower often as a sign of respect or submission
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Origin of VAIL

Middle English valen, partly from Anglo-French valer (short for avaler to lower) & partly short for Middle English avalen to let fall, from Anglo-French avaler, from aval downward, from a to (from Latin ad) + val valley — more at at, vale
First Known Use: 14th century

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