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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At the same time, this genius who spouts principle at least brushed with nepotism in Tesla’s $2.6-billion bailout of SolarCity, a solar installer that was founded by two of his cousins. Dale Buss, Forbes, 1 May 2022 But an inferior tee shot led to a bailout, an unexceptional chip and a two-putt par. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 7 Apr. 2022 Uniper said Friday that Germany had agreed to a $15.2 billion bailout to help the energy giant survive soaring energy costs as Russia reduces natural gas supply amid tensions over its invasion of Ukraine. Harold Maass, The Week, 22 July 2022 Political instability could undermine Sri Lanka’s talks with the International Monetary Fund seeking a $3 billion bailout, a restructuring of some foreign debt and fund-raising from multilateral and bilateral sources to ease the dollar drought. Reuters, NBC News, 9 July 2022 The fall of the investing giant sent shock waves through global markets and led to a $3.6 billion bailout. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 16 June 2022 Fannie and Freddie have been under federal conservatorship since Treasury rescued them during the housing meltdown with a $190 billion taxpayer bailout. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 13 June 2022 FirstEnergy is the subject of an ongoing FBI probe over a $60 million bribery scandal in which the company essentially bought seats in the state legislature to funnel itself a $1 billion bailout. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 19 May 2022 But independent analysts said the government had squandered previous opportunities to set Egypt’s economy on a solid foundation after a $12 billion I.M.F. bailout in 2016. New York Times, 26 Mar. 2022 See More

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

Legal Definition of bailout

: a rescue from financial distress

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