Verb: fail feyl
Noun: fail feyl
- Not do something; leave something undone
"The secretary failed to call the customer and the company lost the account"; "She failed to notice that her child was no longer in his crib";
- Be unsuccessful
"Where do today's public schools fail?"; "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably";
- go wrong, miscarry
- Disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake
"His strength finally failed him"; "His children failed him in the crisis"; "His sense of smell failed him this time";
- Stop operating or functioning
"The engine failed on the way to town";
- go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break down
- Be unable
"I fail to understand your motives"
- Judge unacceptable
"The teacher failed six students"
- Be unsuccessful in a test, get lower than the passing grade
"She studied hard but failed nevertheless"; "Did I fail the test?";
- flunk, bomb, flush it
- 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
"A number of banks failed that year"
- Prove insufficient
"The water supply for the town failed after a long drought";
- run out, give out
- Get worse
- A non-passing grade in an examination or test
Derived forms: fails, failed, failing
Type of: change, decline, disappoint, evaluate, judge, let down, pass judgment, worsen
Antonym: manage, pass, succeed