Definitions of fail

  1. To become deficient; to cease to be abundant; to be wanting in; to decay; to sink; to become weaker; to be entirely wanting; to cease; to perish; to die; not to produce the effect; to miscarry; to be neglectful; to become insolvent or bankrupt.
  2. To be wanting to ; to be insufficient for; to disappoint; to desert.
  3. To miss of attaining; to lose.
  4. To be wanting, or insufficient for; forsake.
  5. To be wanting to; disappoint.
  6. 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.
  7. To fall away; to become diminished; to decline; to decay; to sink.
  8. To deteriorate in respect to vigor, activity, resources, etc.; to become weaker; as, a sick man fails.
  9. To come short of a result or object aimed at or desired ; to be baffled or frusrated.
  10. To err in judgment; to be mistaken.
  11. 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.
  12. Death; decease.
  13. To be affected with want; to come short; to lack; to be deficient or unprovided; - used with of.
  14. To perish; to die; - used of a person.
  15. Miscarriage; failure; deficiency; fault; - mostly superseded by failure or failing, except in the phrase without fail.
  16. To fall short; be deficient; waste away; decline; turn out badly; become bankrupt.
  17. To fall short or be wanting; to fall away; to decay; to die; to miss; to be disappointed or baffied; to be unable to pay one's debts.
  18. To fall short; give out; not succeed; decay; become insolvent.
  19. fail to get a passing grade; " She studied hard but failed nevertheless"; " Did I fail the test?"
  20. prove insufficient; " The water supply for the town failed after a long drought"
  21. get worse; " Her health is declining"
  22. 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"
  23. judge unacceptable; " The teacher failed six students"
  24. be unsuccessful; " Where do today's public schools fail?"; " The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"
  25. 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"
  26. To desert; to disappoint; to cease or neglect to afford aid, supply, or strength; to be wanting to; not to perform.
  27. To neglect to aid or supply; to disappoint; to fall short; to become deficient; to decay or decline; to be entirely wanting; to become weaker; to become bankrupt.
  28. Failure; omission.
  29. Omission; failure.
  30. Omission; non- performance.
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