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ail

verb \ ˈāl \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of ail

transitive verb
:to give physical or emotional pain, discomfort, or trouble to
  • His back has been ailing him.
  • It's good for what ails you.
  • What's ailing you?
intransitive verb
:to have something the matter
  • an ailing economy
; especially :to suffer ill health
  • She has been ailing for years.

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Origin and Etymology of ail

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


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ail

noun

Definition of ail

:ailment
  • winter ails

Examples of ail in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of ail from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of ail

see 1ail


AIL Defined for Kids

ail

verb \ ˈāl \

Definition of ail for Students

1 :to be wrong with
  • What ails you?
2 :to suffer especially with ill health
  • She has been ailing for years.

Medical Dictionary

ail

transitive verb \ ˈā(ə)l \

medical Definition of ail

:to affect with a disease or physical or emotional pain or discomfort
  • what ails the patient
intransitive verb
:to become affected with pain or discomfort :to suffer ill health
  • was ailing from a cold


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