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〔 fel 〕


〔 feil 〕

Overview of verb fail

The verb fail has 11 senses

  • fail, neglect -- (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 -- (be unsuccessful; "Where do today's public schools fail?"; "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably")

  • fail, betray -- (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 -- (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")

  • fail -- (be unable; "I fail to understand your motives")

  • fail -- (judge unacceptable; "The teacher failed six students")

  • fail, flunk, bomb, flush it -- (fail to get a passing grade; "She studied hard but failed nevertheless"; "Did I fail the test?")

  • fail -- (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")

  • fail -- (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 -- (prove insufficient; "The water supply for the town failed after a long drought")

  • fail -- (get worse; "Her health is declining")