phonetic symbol: / féɪl / 

fail - English Dictionary

[ verb ]
■ get worse

[ verb ]
■ stop operating or functioning
・The engine failed on the way to town
break , break down , conk out , die , give out , give way , go , go bad

[ verb ]
■ prove insufficient
・The water supply for the town failed after a long drought
give out , run out

[ verb ]
■ 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

[ verb ]
■ become bankrupt or insolvent
■ fail financially and close
・A number of banks failed that year

[ verb ]
■ 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

[ verb ]
■ fail to get a passing grade
・She studied hard but failed nevertheless
・Did I fail the test?
bomb , flunk , flush it

[ verb ]
■ judge unacceptable
・The teacher failed six students

[ verb ]
■ be unsuccessful
・Where do today's public schools fail?
・The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably
go wrong , miscarry

[ verb ]
■ 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

[ verb ]
■ be unable
・I fail to understand your motives

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