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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The biggest disruptor in retail pairing up with an ailing legacy company. Taylor Telford,, "Amazon partners with Realogy for TurnKey homebuying program in 15 markets, including Chicago," 19 Aug. 2019 Succession stars Brian Cox as Logan Roy, the ailing head of hulking media conglomerate Waystar Royco. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Succession Season 3 Is Officially a Go," 20 Aug. 2019 The Courier Journal obtained a draft this week of U of L's proposal to take over the financially ailing hospital. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "What to know about University of Louisville's play to buy struggling Jewish Hospital," 13 Aug. 2019 Indy Shakes partnered with Indiana Landmarks, Indy Parks and the Indy Parks Foundation to apply for the grant, and the group finalized a plan to repurpose the ailing Taggart memorial by attaching it to a stage. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "See the first changes that will transform west side's Riverside Park over the next 25 years," 24 July 2019 Despite his mild distaste for the area, the Monkey Hangers' new boss worked tooth and nail to revive the ailing club, touring local pubs to raise funds., "Brian Clough: He Wasn't the Best Manager in the Business, But He Was in the Top 1," 29 July 2019 The high temperatures bearing down on Europe may be a threat to the ailing building, according to Chief Architect Philippe Villeneuve. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "Notre Dame's architect says the heat wave could cause the cathedral's ceiling to collapse," 24 July 2019 This time, Miller-Stewart underwent a minor surgical procedure to remove loose bone fragments from his ailing foot. Pat Rooney, The Denver Post, "Longtime teammates Dom Collier, Tory Stewart-Miller reunite on Team Colorado," 24 July 2019 Warwick lived for about 20 years in Brazil, moving back home over a decade ago to care for her ailing sister, fellow singer Dee Dee Warwick, and their mother. James Sullivan,, "Dionne Warwick knows the way to a hit," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of ailing

1598, in the meaning defined above

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Ailsa Craig

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The first known use of ailing was in 1598

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