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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 His back has been ailing him. It's good for what ails you. What's ailing you?

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to have something the matter an ailing economy; especially :  to suffer ill health She has been ailing for years.

Origin and Etymology of ail

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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ail

noun

Definition of ail

  1. :  ailment winter ails

Examples of ail in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of ail

see 1ail


First Known Use: 13th century


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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