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  Definition of fail
  1. get worse; "Her health is declining"
  2. 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"
  3. prove insufficient; "The water supply for the town failed after a long drought"
  4. 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"
  5. 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"
  6. 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"
  7. fail to get a passing grade; "She studied hard but failed nevertheless"; "Did I fail the test?"
  8. judge unacceptable; "The teacher failed six students"
  9. be unsuccessful; "Where do today''s public schools fail?"; "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"
  10. 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"
  11. be unable; "I fail to understand your motives"
Similar Words: go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break down, run out, betray, flunk, bomb, flush it, go wrong, miscarry, neglect

 

Hyponyms: crash, go down, blow out, burn out, blow, misfire, malfunction, misfunction, take it on the chin, miss, overreach, botch, bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, flub, screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, strike out, fall, shipwreck, fall through, fall flat, founder, flop, default, default on, choke

 

Grouped Verbs: die, decease, perish, go, exit, pass away, expire, pass, break, flunk, bomb, flush it

 

Derivational Morphology: breakdown, equipment failure, failure, bankruptcy, failing, weakness, turkey, bomb, dud, miscarriage, abortion, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person, negligence, neglect, neglectfulness

 

 
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