Definitions for failfeɪl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to fall short of success or achievement in something expected, attempted, desired, or approved:
The experiment failed.
to receive less than the passing grade or mark in an examination, class, or course of study.
to be or become deficient or lacking; fall short.
to lose strength or vigor; become weak.
to stop functioning or operating.
to dwindle, pass, or die away.
to become unable to meet or pay debts or business obligations; become insolvent or bankrupt.
(of a building member, structure, machine part, etc.) to break, bend, or be otherwise destroyed or made useless because of an excessive load.
(v.t.)to be unsuccessful in the performance or completion of:
He failed to do his duty.
to prove of no use or help to:
His friends failed him.
to receive less than a passing grade or mark in.
to declare (a person) unsuccessful in a test or course of study; give less than a passing grade to.
(n.)a stockbroker's inability to deliver or receive security within the required time after sale or purchase.
Category: Stock Exchange, Business
Obs. failure as to performance, occurrence, etc.
Idioms for fail:
without fail,with certainty; positively.
Origin of fail:
1175–1225; ME < AF, OF faillir < L fallere to deceive, disappoint
fail to do something; leave something undone
"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"
fail, go wrong, miscarry(verb)
"Where do today's public schools fail?"; "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"
disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake
"His sense of smell failed him this time"; "His strength finally failed him"; "His children failed him in the crisis"
fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break down(verb)
stop operating or functioning
"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"
"I fail to understand your motives"
"The teacher failed six students"
fail, flunk, bomb, flush it(verb)
fail to get a passing grade
"She studied hard but failed nevertheless"; "Did I fail the test?"
fall short in what is expected
"She failed in her obligations as a good daughter-in-law"; "We must not fail his obligation to the victims of the Holocaust"
become bankrupt or insolvent; fail financially and close
"The toy company went bankrupt after the competition hired cheap Mexican labor"; "A number of banks failed that year"
fail, run out, give out(verb)
"The water supply for the town failed after a long drought"
"Her health is declining"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
The rocket launch failed.; The climbers failed to reach the top of the mountain.
to not do sth you are supposed to
She failed to come to the hearing.
I failed that exam/class.; "How was the test?" "I failed."
(of teacher) to give a student a grade that is below passing
The professor failed half the class.
to stop working or progressing well
The brakes failed.; Her health was failing.
(of business) to be unable to continue operating
new laws to stop banks from failing
a grade that is below passing
***He got a 53, which is a fail.
He was there every morning without fail.
a failure, especially of a financial transaction
a failing grade in an academic examination
To be unsuccessful.
Throughout my life, I have always failed.
Not to achieve a particular stated goal. (Usage note: The direct object of this word is usually an infinitive.)
The truck failed to start.
The report fails to take into account all the mitigating factors.
To cease to operate correctly.
After running five minutes, the engine failed.
To be wanting to, to be insufficient for, to disappoint, to desert.
To receive one or more non-passing grades in academic pursuits.
I failed in English last year.
To give a student a non-passing grade in an academic endeavour.
The professor failed me because I did not complete any of the course assignments.
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
to be affected with want; to come short; to lack; to be deficient or unprovided; -- used with of
to fall away; to become diminished; to decline; to decay; to sink
to deteriorate in respect to vigor, activity, resources, etc.; to become weaker; as, a sick man fails
to perish; to die; -- used of a person
to be found wanting with respect to an action or a duty to be performed, a result to be secured, etc.; to miss; not to fulfill expectation
to come short of a result or object aimed at or desired ; to be baffled or frusrated
to err in judgment; to be mistaken
to become unable to meet one's engagements; especially, to be unable to pay one's debts or discharge one's business obligation; to become bankrupt or insolvent
to be wanting to ; to be insufficient for; to disappoint; to desert
to miss of attaining; to lose
miscarriage; failure; deficiency; fault; -- mostly superseded by failure or failing, except in the phrase without fail
Translations for fail
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to be unsuccessful (in); not to manage (to do something)
They failed in their attempt; I failed my exam; I failed to post the letter.
- faal, druip, versuimAfrikaans
- провалям (се)Bulgarian
- falhar/fracassarPortuguese (BR)
- neuspět, nepodařit seCzech
- versagen, versäumenGerman
- fejle; mislykkes; ikke kunneDanish
- αποτυγχάνω, δεν καταφέρνωGreek
- ebaõnnestuma, tegemata jätmaEstonian
- رد شدن؛ ناکام شدنFarsi
- échouer (à)French
- לְהִכָּשֵל ,לְהִיכָּשֵלHebrew
- चूकना, असफल होनाHindi
- ne uspjeti, pasti (na ispitu)Croatian
- nem sikerülHungarian
- mistakast; fallaIcelandic
- fallire, non riuscireItalian
- ko nors nepadaryti, nepavyktiLithuanian
- ciest neveiksmi; izkrist (eksāmenā); neizdoties  izdarītLatvian
- er niet in slagenDutch
- mislykkes, slå feil, ikke klareNorwegian
- nie spełnić, doznać niepowodzenia wPolish
- رد شدن؛ ناکام شدنPersian
- ناكامېدل، له كاره لوېدل، خوساكېدل، ورستېدل، مړاوى كېدل ډوبېدل، ډېوالى كېدل، ډوپه كېدلPashto
- não conseguir/falhar, fracassarPortuguese
- a nu reuşiRomanian
- терпеть неудачуRussian
- ne uspetiSerbian
- misslyckas, få underkänt, missaSwedish
- başarısız olmakTurkish
- 失敗Chinese (Trad.)
- зазнати невдачі; не зробитиUkrainian
- ناکامیاب ہوناUrdu
- thất bạiVietnamese
- 失败Chinese (Simp.)
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