Definition of ail
: 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?
: to have something the matter an ailing economy; especially : to suffer ill health She has been ailing for years.
Recent Examples of ail from the Web
Financially ailing Toshiba is facing the risk of having its shares delisted and needs the cash from selling Toshiba Memory Corp. to survive.
The Mexico star is ailing from a shoulder injury in the game against New Zealand.
The C-J COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Add PJ Washington to the list of ailing Kentucky Wildcats at Team USA training camp.
That great entrepreneur is able to leverage their strong network of supporters to continuously attack a problem ailing consumers.
And, says Cornelius, Abraham had an ailing wife, a sick child and the recent death of his own son to worry about at the time.
Kohl had been ailing since suffering a fall at his home in 2008.
Throughout the month, MWO collects new toys, gift cards and books that will be wrapped and delivered to poor or ailing children when Ramadan ends in a month.
Or call for the Medicina Latina, which mixes tequila, mezcal, ginger, and lime to cure what ails you.
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Origin and Etymology of ail
Middle English eilen, from Old English eglan; akin to Goth agljan to harm
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of ail
: ailment winter ails
Examples of ail in a Sentence
half of the staff is out sick with the usual wintertime ails
AIL Defined for Kids
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 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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