ail·​ing | \ ˈā-liŋ How to pronounce ailing (audio) \

Definition of ailing

: having or suffering from an illness or injury providing care for his ailing mother trying to rest her ailing knee/back a person in ailing health often used figuratively an ailing companyan ailing economy

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Synonyms & Antonyms for ailing


invalid, sickly, weakly


healthy, well

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Examples of ailing in a Sentence

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So Christian Sewing, the chief executive, described his plan, unveiled on July 7th, to revive the chronically ailing German lender. The Economist, "Deutsche Bank shrinks and restructures," 8 July 2019 If the ailing crew member happens to be a pilot, however, the flight could be delayed until a deadheading pilot arrives and gets enough rest to work the trip. Elliott Hester,, "That flight attendant in a passenger seat? He's not on duty so leave him alone," 1 July 2019 As in good enough to be back in the lineup only three days after undergoing a cryotherapy injection in the ailing thumb. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers hit season's halfway point on the skids, but manager Craig Counsell remains optimistic," 27 June 2019 The Inquisition, the plague, and seemingly supernatural swarms of rats disrupt Amicia’s idyllic noble life of luxury, sending her on a quest to discover the source of the plague and its connection to her ailing little brother. Matthew Gault, Time, "The Best Video Games of 2019 (So Far)," 26 June 2019 The moves were part of the Snyder administration’s aggressive oversight of financially ailing cities and school districts. Mitch Smith, New York Times, "Michigan Officials Say a Struggling School Should Close. Residents See Racism.," 15 June 2019 The Leisure Seeker – Jan. 26 A woman takes her ailing husband, a lifelong Hemingway buff, on an RV road trip to the writer’s famous Key West home. Emma Krupp, RedEye Chicago, "Your winter movie preview: 30 reasons to go to a show," 10 Jan. 2018 The Saudis and Emiratis have pledged $3 billion in aid to prop up the ailing Sudanese economy. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Sudan Protesters, Devastated but Defiant, Regroup Underground After Crackdown," 9 June 2019 Behind the vote-by-phone push is a political operative who grew rich helping Uber elbow its way onto city streets and Bird populate the sidewalks with electric scooters, and who sees mobile voting as a potential cure for an ailing democracy. Evan Halper,, "Vote-by-phone tech trend alarms security experts," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of ailing

1598, in the meaning defined above

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ailes de pigeon






Ailsa Craig

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The first known use of ailing was in 1598

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