Definition of ailing in English:



  • In poor health.

    ‘I went to see my ailing mother’
    figurative ‘the ailing economy’
    • ‘The government hopes the devaluation will boost exports and increase investment in the ailing economy.’
    • ‘Maybe a son should be able to secure health benefits for his ailing mother.’
    • ‘He has come to the hill station with his uncle and his ailing mother to recoup the failing health of the latter.’
    • ‘He now aims at becoming a doctor to help the poor, and perhaps some day, his ailing mother too.’
    • ‘In the years to come she spent most of her time away from the observatory as she was looking after her ailing mother or was indisposed herself.’
    • ‘The Government suffered a backlash in the local and European elections because of the ailing health service.’
    • ‘Her experiences set her thinking about new ways to fix our ailing health service’
    • ‘Monday was a bit of a drama with our poor, ailing pooch, Fred.’
    • ‘His ailing physical health has focussed attention on the potential candidates and likely successor.’
    • ‘Will the tax cuts for the highest income brackets ease the pain of the ailing poor?’
    • ‘An historic city that has struggled to boost its ailing economy, it must polish its reputation as a tourist and convention centre.’
    • ‘Think of the money this would save the state and how it could be put to ward the ailing health service.’
    • ‘From the viewpoint of public policy this is desirable, if banks are to be encouraged to nurse ailing companies back to health.’
    • ‘She also said that she couldn't live in Australia to be close to her old and ailing mother because she couldn't earn a living there.’
    • ‘And the market is certainly not the tonic for our ailing health service.’
    • ‘His family said they had no idea why anyone would want to kidnap him and had expressed concern about his ailing health.’
    • ‘Can he live with the further pressures on the ailing health and education services?’
    • ‘On to Egypt now, where a new integrated resort community could help shore up an ailing economy.’
    • ‘However, governments around the globe have adopted policies to nurse their ailing economies back to health.’
    • ‘This costs us hundreds of millions of dollars annually in tax revenues which could be used for our ailing health care system.’
    ill, unwell, not well, sick, sickly, poorly, weak, indisposed, in bad health, in poor health, infirm, debilitated, delicate, off colour
    failing, in poor condition, weak, poor, inadequate, deficient, imperfect, substandard, flawed
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