From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbailbail1 /beɪl/ ●○○ noun 1 SC[uncountable] money left with a court of law to make sure that a prisoner will return when their trial starts Carpenter is free on bail while he appeals his conviction. She was murdered by a man who was out on bail for rape. The three men were released on bail pending an appeal. He is not likely to be granted bail. Carter has been refused bail and will remain in custody. The judge ordered that Jones be held without bail. Why can’t you ask your father to put up bail for you? Two of the defendants jumped bail and fled to New York. Bail was set at $30,000.2 DSC[countable usually plural] one of the two small pieces of wood laid on top of the stumps in a game of cricketCOLLOCATIONSverbsbe released/freed on bail (=be allowed to stay out of prison if you pay or agree to do something)The men were questioned yesterday before being released on bail.be granted/given bailMagistrates adjourned the case until June 9 and Smith was granted bail.get bailHis wife says he hopes to get bail.be refused bailRelatively few defendants are refused bail.be held without bailHe was being held without bail pending another hearing.set bail (=say how much someone must pay to be allowed to stay out of prison)Judge Philip Moscone set bail at $2 million.post bail (also put up bail) (=pay an amount of money to be allowed to stay out of prison)He had to post bail of US$100,000 before he could fly home to Canada.jump bail (also skip bail British English) (=not return for your trial as you promised)He jumped bail and fled the country three days before he was to be sentenced.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + bailpolice bail (=when the police free someone before deciding whether to charge them with a crime)She was released on police bail.conditional/unconditional bail (=when there are conditions/no conditions attached to someone being allowed to go free)Both men were given unconditional bail and they left court without comment.
Examples from the Corpusbail• All were allowed bail but court hearing was for Monday.• Brennan and Carlin were granted bail on condition that they keep away from witnesses and Nolan was granted unconditional bail.• Green is free on bail until his sentencing on June 27, when he faces up to 25 years in prison.• About a week after our arrival, we heard the good news that we would be allowed to leave on bail.• They say that it does not deal with the problem of people who persistently reoffend while on bail.• Three men were arrested on suspicion of causing violent disorder and were released on police bail.• The case was adjourned until June 26 and Dargue was released on unconditional bail.out on bail• His solicitor asked that he be allowed out on bail.• I got out on bail, I think it was my probation officer who rang up.• Grimes is out on bail and his attorney, Martin Goldberg, declined to comment Wednesday.• I gave a fake name, they let me out on bail.• Of those offences 24 were committed by five juveniles, who were still out on bail.