Definitions for fail

Definitions for (verb) fail

Main entry: fail

Definition: get worse

Usage: Her health is declining

Main entry: break, break down, die, conk out, go, go bad, give out, give way, fail

Definition: stop operating or functioning

Usage: 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

Main entry: run out, fail, give out

Definition: prove insufficient

Usage: The water supply for the town failed after a long drought

Main entry: betray, fail

Definition: disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake

Usage: His sense of smell failed him this time; His strength finally failed him; His children failed him in the crisis

Main entry: fail

Definition: become bankrupt or insolvent; fail financially and close

Usage: The toy company went bankrupt after the competition hired cheap Mexican labor; A number of banks failed that year

Main entry: fail

Definition: fall short in what is expected

Usage: She failed in her obligations as a good daughter-in-law; We must not fail his obligation to the victims of the Holocaust

Main entry: fail, flunk, flush it, bomb

Definition: fail to get a passing grade

Usage: She studied hard but failed nevertheless; Did I fail the test?

Main entry: fail

Definition: judge unacceptable

Usage: The teacher failed six students

Main entry: fail, miscarry, go wrong

Definition: be unsuccessful

Usage: Where do today's public schools fail?; The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably

Main entry: fail, neglect

Definition: fail to do something; leave something undone

Usage: 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

Main entry: fail

Definition: be unable

Usage: I fail to understand your motives

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