bail·​out | \ ˈbāl-ˌau̇t How to pronounce bailout (audio) \

Definition of bailout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a rescue from financial distress

bail out

bailed out; bailing out; bails out

Definition of bail out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to parachute from an aircraft
2 : to abandon a harmful or difficult situation also : leave, depart

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Examples of bailout in a Sentence

Noun government bailouts of large corporations Verb if the meeting seems like it will never end, find an excuse to bail out the government bailed out the savings and loan industry
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Delta will return to its regular course of business: conducting billions in unnecessary stock buybacks before seeking a bailout and pressuring workers to take unpaid leave to trim budget gaps. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Delta and Coca-Cola Won’t Save Voting Rights in Georgia," 5 Apr. 2021 When GameStop shares instead went to the moon, Melvin Capital suffered staggering losses and was forced to reach a $2.8 billion bailout with larger rivals. Matt Egan, CNN, "A little-known hedge fund caused widespread chaos on Wall Street," 29 Mar. 2021 But rural Minnesota is overwhelmingly Republican, and the GOP’s Senate majority has opposed anything that could be spun as a bailout of Minneapolis. Tim Sullivan, The Christian Science Monitor, "Minneapolis immigrant business owners weigh solidarity, hardship," 29 Mar. 2021 Western and United Nations officials’ calls for reforms, which could unlock foreign aid and a potential bailout from the International Monetary Fund, have gone unheeded. New York Times, "Lebanon’s Financial Collapse Hits Where It Hurts: The Grocery Store," 22 Mar. 2021 Sandberg’s back-and-forth with Rothenberg ended with a discussion about possible new internet regulations—something Facebook has endorsed with so many ads that this campaign might as well represent a Facebook bailout of the news industry. Rob Pegoraro, Forbes, "Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg: Trust Us, You Still Want Personalized Ads," 11 Mar. 2021 But Hawaii legislators know President Biden will soon sign a $1.9 trillion spending bill that includes a state bailout. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Confiscation in Paradise," 11 Mar. 2021 In 2010, conservatives revolted against the Obama Administration’s bailout of the banks during the housing crisis. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "What Is Happening to the Republicans?," 8 Mar. 2021 Senate Republicans railed against President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus legislation as a liberal bailout to blue states -- and planned to make passage of the bill as painful as possible for Democrats this week. Jack Durschlag, Fox News, "Senate GOP blasts 'blue state bailout' in Biden's $1.9T coronavirus bill," 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of bailout


1939, in the meaning defined above


1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bailout was in 1925

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11 Apr 2021

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“Bailout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bailout

: the act of saving or rescuing something (such as a business) from money problems


bail·​out | \ ˈbāl-ˌau̇t How to pronounce bailout (audio) \

Legal Definition of bailout

: a rescue from financial distress

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