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ail

[ eyl ]
/ eɪl /
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verb (used with object)

to cause pain, uneasiness, or trouble to.

verb (used without object)

to be unwell; feel pain; be ill: He's been ailing for some time.

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Origin of ail

before 950; Middle English ail, eilen,Old English eglan to afflict (cognate with Middle Low German egelen annoy, Gothic -agljan), derivative of egle painful; akin to Gothic agls shameful, Sanskrit aghám evil, pain

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ail

ale, ail , awl
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British Dictionary definitions for ail

ail
/ (eɪl) /

verb

(tr) to trouble; afflict
(intr) to feel unwell

Word Origin for ail

Old English eglan to trouble, from egle troublesome, painful, related to Gothic agls shameful
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