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 figurativelyan ailing companyan ailing economy

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Recent Examples on the Web Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke on the phone Wednesday morning about aid for the ailing airline industry, despite the president ordering an end to stimulus talks. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Pelosi on 'The View': White House should stage a Trump 'intervention' after abrupt decision on COVID stimulus," 7 Oct. 2020 Given Sam Lee’s prowess at squeezing cash out of ailing institutions, Prospect undoubtedly will find profits left to extract. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "Investors Extracted $400 Million From a Hospital Chain That Sometimes Couldn’t Pay for Medical Supplies or Gas for Ambulances," 30 Sep. 2020 The uncertainty, including about the health of his young niece, and the inability to visit ailing family members in person at the hospital caused extreme stress. Torey Van Oot Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "DFL legislator's family confronts COVID-19's spread," 20 Sep. 2020 At a time when mass transit is ailing and many developers are lying low, a real estate partnership is pushing ahead with an $18 million residential, commercial and retail project alongside the new Amtrak station in Berlin. Don Stacom,, "Berlin on track for apartments, retail from $18 development near Hartford Line station," 17 Sep. 2020 This starts with Team Emery, which Miller branded and embraced to help ailing children. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona high school baseball teams rally for Jacob Medina family with tournament," 15 Sep. 2020 For his part, McMillan told The Athletic that a shorthanded and ailing roster, including going without All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis, made the Pacers’ decision come off as rash. Ira Winderman,, "Winderman: Bubble offers latest lesson that Heat culture doesn’t always export | Commentary," 29 Aug. 2020 Outdoor dining was meant to help save ailing restaurants around the country from financial disaster during the coronavirus crisis. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Outdoor dining may save restaurants during COVID-19. But are diners at risk from cars plowing into them?," 11 Aug. 2020 General Electric’s board extended chief executive officer Larry Culp’s contract by two years after the coronavirus pandemic upended his plan to turn around the ailing industrial giant. Ryan Beene,, "As GE tumbles, board eases Culp’s path to a $230 million payday," 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of ailing

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ailing

from present participle of ail entry 1

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The first known use of ailing was in 1598

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13 Oct 2020

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“Ailing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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