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Adjective: failing  fey-ling
  1. Below acceptable in performance
    "received failing grades"
Noun: failing  fey-ling
  1. A flaw or weak point
    "he was quick to point out his wife's failings";
    - weakness, disadvantage, minus
     
  2. Failure to reach a minimum required performance
    "his failing the course led to his disqualification";
    - flunk
Verb: fail  feyl
  1. 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";
    - neglect
     
  2. Be unsuccessful
    "Where do today's public schools fail?"; "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably";
    - go wrong, miscarry
     
  3. 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";
    - betray
     
  4. 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
     
  5. Be unable
    "I fail to understand your motives"
     
  6. Judge unacceptable
    "The teacher failed six students"
     
  7. 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
     
  8. 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"
     
  9. Become bankrupt or insolvent; fail financially and close
    "A number of banks failed that year"
     
  10. Prove insufficient
    "The water supply for the town failed after a long drought";
    - run out, give out
     
  11. Get worse

Derived forms: failings

See also: unsatisfactory

Type of: change, decline, disappoint, evaluate, failure, imperfection, imperfectness, judge, let down, pass judgment, worsen

Antonym: manage, pass, passing, succeed

Encyclopedia: Fail