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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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