ail·ing | \ˈā-liŋ \

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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Trump could choose a replacement more amendable to what the Energy Department wants to do to prop more those financially ailing generators. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Top Park Service official admits he acted inappropriately, but his job appears safe," 29 June 2018 Ojakian and his staff came up with the merger plan to save $28 million in an effort to make the financially ailing colleges more sustainable. Kathleen Megan,, "CSCU President Says He Won't Resign And He Will Continue To Pursue College Merger," 1 May 2018 During Mayor Virginia Raggi's tenure at City Hall, the Italian capital has endured an ailing mass transit system and pileups of uncollected trash. Frances D'emilio, Fox News, "Italy's anti-migrant minister steals partner party's show," 8 July 2018 Within the first 60 pages of her memoir of life as a veterinarian, Suzy Fincham-Gray has shot an ailing horse, handled a dog with a gunshot wound and treated a cat impaled by an arrow. Mark Athitakis, USA TODAY, "For this vet, sometimes the owners are the most difficult patients: New book," 17 Apr. 2018 McCann, 34, went on the disabled list last August and aggravated his ailing knee during Game 2 of the American League Division Series last year against the Red Sox. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Astros catcher Brian McCann says he will return during season," 7 July 2018 Virginia police say that Shelby Love waited 11 hours to get medical help for her ailing toddler. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "'I’m going to prison,' he told girlfriend, and her toddler died from 'horrific' burns, Va. cops say | Miami Herald," 1 May 2018 The result is a near-real-time readout of Earth’s vital signs, firing off alerts and alarms whenever the ailing patient takes a turn for the worse. Bill Gourgey, WIRED, "How Artificial Intelligence Could Prevent Natural Disasters," 10 July 2018 Heinrich Hiesinger, who became CEO in 2011 and launched a sometimes rocky effort to restructure the ailing industrial concern, had come under intense pressure from activist shareholders who blamed him for failing to deliver better returns. Sarah Sloat, WSJ, "Thyssenkrupp CEO Hiesinger Steps Down," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of ailing

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ailing was in 1598

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