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Meaning of FAIL

Pronunciation:  feyl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  prove insufficient; "The water supply for the town failed after a long drought"
  2. [v]  get worse; "Her health is declining"
  3. [v]  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"
  4. [v]  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. [v]  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. [v]  fall short in what is expected; "She failed in her obligations as a good daughter-in-law"
  7. [v]  fail to get a passing grade; "She studied hard but failed nevertheless"; "Did I fail the test?"
  8. [v]  judge unacceptable; "The teacher failed six students"
  9. [v]  be unsuccessful; "Where do today's public schools fail?"; "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"
  10. [v]  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. [v]  be unable; "I fail to understand your motives"

FAIL is a 4 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: betray, break, break down, conk out, die, give out, give way, go, go bad, go wrong, miscarry, neglect, run out
 Antonyms: bring off, carry off, come through, make it, manage, negociate, pass, pull off, succeed, win
 See Also: ball up, blow, blow, blow out, bobble, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, botch, botch up, bumble, bungle, burn out, change, choke, crash, decline, default, default on, disappoint, fall, fall flat, fall through, flop, flub, fluff, foul up, founder, fuck up, fumble, go down, judge, let down, louse up, malfunction, mess up, misfire, misfunction, mishandle, miss, muck up, muff, overreach, screw up, shipwreck, spoil, strike out, take it on the chin, worsen



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fail\v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Failed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Failing}.] [F. failir, fr. L. fallere, falsum, to deceive,
    akin to E. fall. See {Fail}, and cf. {Fallacy}, {False},
    1. 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.
             As the waters fail from the sea.      --Job xiv. 11.
             Till Lionel's issue fails, his should not reign.
    2. To be affected with want; to come short; to lack; to be
       deficient or unprovided; -- used with of.
             If ever they fail of beauty, this failure is not be
             attributed to their size.             --Berke.
    3. To fall away; to become diminished; to decline; to decay;
       to sink.
             When earnestly they seek Such proof, conclude they
             then begin to fail.                   --Milton.
    4. To deteriorate in respect to vigor, activity, resources,
       etc.; to become weaker; as, a sick man fails.
    5. To perish; to die; -- used of a person. [Obs.]
             Had the king in his last sickness failed. --Shak.
    6. To be found wanting with respect to an action or a duty to
       be performed, a result to be secured, etc.; to miss; not
       to fulfill expectation.
             Take heed now that ye fail not to do this. --Ezra
                                                   iv. 22.
             Either my eyesight fails, or thou look'st pale.
    7. To come short of a result or object aimed at or desired;
       to be baffled or frusrated.
             Our envious foe hath failed.          --Milton.
    8. To err in judgment; to be mistaken.
             Which ofttimes may succeed, so as perhaps Shall
             grieve him, if I fail not.            --Milton.
    9. 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.
  2. \Fail\, v. t.
    1. To be wanting to; to be insufficient for; to disappoint;
       to desert.
             There shall not fail thee a man on the throne. --1
                                                   Kings ii. 4.
    2. To miss of attaining; to lose. [R.]
             Though that seat of earthly bliss be failed.
  3. \Fail\, n. [OF. faille, from failir. See {Fail}, v. i.]
    1. Miscarriage; failure; deficiency; fault; -- mostly
       superseded by failure or failing, except in the phrase
       without fail. ``His highness' fail of issue.'' --Shak.
    2. Death; decease. [Obs.] --Shak.
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