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ail

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verb \ˈāl\

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 in a sentence

  1. This medicine is good for what ails you.

  2. His back was ailing him.

  3. She has been ailing for years.

Origin and Etymology 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

Examples of ail in a sentence

  1. <half of the staff is out sick with the usual wintertime ails>

13th Century

First Known Use of ail

13th century


AIL Defined for English Language Learners

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ail

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verb \ˈāl\

Definition of ail for English Language Learners

  • : to cause pain or trouble for (someone)

  • : to suffer bad health


AIL Defined for Kids

ail

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verb \ˈāl\

Definition of ail for Students

  1. 1 :  to be wrong with <What ails you?>

  2. 2 :  to suffer especially with ill health <She has been ailing for years.>


Medical Dictionary

ail

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verb \ˈā(ə)l\

Medical Definition of ail

  1. :  to affect with a disease or physical or emotional pain or discomfort <what ails the patient>

  2. intransitive verb

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



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