how to pronounce ail


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ail is pronounced in one syllable

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meanings of ail


  1. To be ill; to suffer; to be troubled.
  2. To cause to suffer; to trouble, afflict. (Now chiefly in interrogative or indefinite constructions.).


  1. The awn of barley or other types of corn.
  2. An ailment; trouble; illness.


  1. Painful; troublesome.

ail frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word ail occurs in english on average 0.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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