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fail

noun (n)

  • Miscarriage; failure; deficiency; fault; -- mostly superseded by failure or failing, except in the phrase without fail. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • fail to do something; leave something undone (verb.social)
    Synonym: neglect
    Example:
    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.
    source: wordnet30
  • be unsuccessful (verb.social)
    Example:
    Where do today's public schools fail?.
    The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably.
    source: wordnet30
  • disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake (verb.emotion)
    Synonym: betray
    Example:
    His sense of smell failed him this time.
    His strength finally failed him.
    His children failed him in the crisis.
    source: wordnet30
  • stop operating or functioning (verb.change)
    Example:
    The engine failed on the way to town.
    source: wordnet30
  • be unable (verb.social)
    Example:
    I fail to understand your motives.
    source: wordnet30
  • judge unacceptable (verb.social)
    Antonym: pass
    Example:
    The teacher failed six students.
    source: wordnet30
  • fail to get a passing grade (verb.social)
    Synonym: bomb, flunk, flush it
    Antonym: make it, pass
    Example:
    She studied hard but failed nevertheless.
    Did I fail the test?.
    source: wordnet30
  • fall short in what is expected (verb.social)
    Example:
    She failed in her obligations as a good daughter-in-law.
    We must not fail his obligation to the victims of the Holocaust.
    source: wordnet30
  • become bankrupt or insolvent; fail financially and close (verb.possession)
    Example:
    A number of banks failed that year.
    source: wordnet30
  • prove insufficient (verb.change)
    Example:
    The water supply for the town failed after a long drought.
    source: wordnet30
  • get worse (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • To be wanting; to fall short; to be or become deficient in any measure or degree up to total absence; to cease to be furnished in the usual or expected manner, or to be altogether cut off from supply; to be lacking; as, streams fail; crops fail. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To be wanting to ; to be insufficient for; to disappoint; to desert. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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