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vail1

[veyl] /veɪl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to let sink; lower.
2.
Archaic. to take off or doff (one's hat), as in respect or submission.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English valen, aphetic variant of avalen (now obsolete) < Middle French avaler to move down, verbal derivative of phrase a val down (literally, to the valley) (a to (< Latin ad) + val vale)

vail2

[veyl] /veɪl/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
1.
to be of use or profit; avail.
noun
2.
a tip; gratuity.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English; aphetic variant of avail

vail3

[veyl] /veɪl/
noun
1.
a veil.
verb (used with object)
2.
to veil.
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British Dictionary definitions for vails

vail1

/veɪl/
verb (transitive) (obsolete)
1.
to lower (something, such as a weapon), esp as a sign of deference or submission
2.
to remove (the hat, cap, etc) as a mark of respect or meekness
Word Origin
c14 valen, from obsolete avalen, from Old French avaler to let fall, from Latin ad vallem, literally: to the valley, that is, down, from ad to + vallisvalley

vail2

/veɪl/
noun, verb
1.
an archaic word for avail

vail3

/veɪl/
noun, verb
1.
an archaic spelling of veil
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