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fail - Dictionary definition and meaning for word fail

Definition
(verb) fail to do something; leave something undone
Synonyms : neglect
Example Sentence
  • She failed to notice that her child was no longer in his crib
  • The secretary failed to call the customer and the company lost the account

Definition
(verb) be unsuccessful
Synonyms : go wrong , miscarry
Example Sentence
  • Where do today's public schools fail?
  • The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably

Definition
(verb) disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake
Synonyms : betray
Example Sentence
  • His sense of smell failed him this time
  • His strength finally failed him
  • His children failed him in the crisis

Definition
(verb) stop operating or functioning
Synonyms : break , break down , conk out , die , give out , give way , go , go bad
Example Sentence
  • The engine finally went
  • The car died on the road
  • The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town
  • The coffee maker broke
  • The engine failed on the way to town
  • her eyesight went after the accident

Definition
(verb) be unable
Example Sentence
  • I fail to understand your motives

Definition
(verb) judge unacceptable
Example Sentence
  • The teacher failed six students

Definition
(verb) fail to get a passing grade
Synonyms : bomb , flunk , flush it
Example Sentence
  • She studied hard but failed nevertheless
  • Did I fail the test?

Definition
(verb) fall short in what is expected
Example Sentence
  • She failed in her obligations as a good daughter-in-law
  • We must not fail his obligation to the victims of the Holocaust

Definition
(verb) become bankrupt or insolvent; fail financially and close
Example Sentence
  • The toy company went bankrupt after the competition hired cheap Mexican labor
  • A number of banks failed that year

Definition
(verb) prove insufficient
Synonyms : give out , run out
Example Sentence
  • The water supply for the town failed after a long drought

Definition
(verb) get worse
Example Sentence
  • Her health is declining

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