ail

verb
\ ˈāl How to pronounce ail (audio) \
ailed; ailing; ails

Definition of ail

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

ail

noun

Definition of ail (Entry 2 of 2)

: ailment winter ails

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Examples of ail in a Sentence

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kevin's also seemed to be doing well for himself, as evidenced by that sprawling house the Pearsons gathered at to visit an ailing Rebecca. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "All Your Questions About the This Is Us Season Three Finale, Answered," 3 Apr. 2019 Sears still operates 88 million square feet of selling space in about 899 stores, which includes ailing Kmart, according to Susquehanna estimates. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Sears, Kmart stores ailing as CEO Eddie Lampert's hedge fund gets hundreds of millions," 18 June 2018 Driving from Colorado to Utah to visit her ailing mother, the art major gets stranded by a fierce blizzard at a remote highway rest stop in the Rocky Mountains. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: The Trials of an Ethical Thief," 11 Jan. 2019 Should Andre Iguodala continue to watch his teammates in street clothes, sidelined by an ailing left knee, Golden State becomes far less menacing than the ridiculous 8/1 favorite Vegas lists the team as. The Crossover Staff, SI.com, "2018 NBA Finals: Warriors-Cavs IV Picks, Random Predictions and More," 31 May 2018 On Saturday in Boynton Beach, Shusterman has organized a March for Our Lives demonstration for South Florida seniors, a stationary protest with ailing knees and hips in mind called Stand Up for Our Grandkids. Ben Crandell, Sun-Sentinel.com, "March for Our Lives: Boomers have been there, marched that," 22 Mar. 2018 Lee is the only son of Samsung’s ailing chairman Lee Kun-hee. Washington Post, "Fate of key figures in S. Korean scandal that toppled Park," 6 Apr. 2018 Restless lawmakers demanding more opinion may get some help from a change in the committee’s leadership with the departure of Senator Thad Cochran, Republican of Mississippi, the ailing chairman. Carl Hulse, New York Times, "Broad Spending Bills Here to Stay as Long as Congressional Dysfunction Reigns," 30 Mar. 2018 Will unloading Thomas automatically fix what ails the Cavs? Dennis Manoloff, cleveland.com, "LeBron James provides 37-15-10 reminder of his value to Cavaliers: DMan video," 7 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Apple’s smartphone shipments in China fell 20% in the quarter ended December from a year earlier, according to International Data Corp. Tepid iPhone sales aren't all that ail Apple in China. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "Apple to Chinese Consumers: Buy a New iPhone for Under $30 a Month, Interest Free," 21 Feb. 2019 Brian Dennehy is Irina’s ailing elder brother, Sorin, although Dennehy, at seventy-nine, still looks too bearishly robust to ail. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“First Reformed” and “The Seagull”," 11 May 2018 The pitch inherently presumes a technologically advanced society, one where medicine has cured our physical ails. Will Nevin, OregonLive.com, "TBT #22: Join a 'Cold War,' take a 'Void Trip'," 26 Dec. 2017 Normally served on the street, ya dong’s herbal powers are said to cure bodily ails. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "The Best Bars in Bangkok, as Told by Locals," 1 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of ail

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ail

Verb and Noun

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

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The first known use of ail was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for ail

ail

verb
\ ˈāl How to pronounce ail (audio) \

Kids Definition of ail

1 : to be wrong with What ails you?
2 : to suffer especially with ill health She has been ailing for years.
\ ˈā(ə)l How to pronounce ail (audio) \

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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