Fail - definition, pronunciation, transcription
- be unsuccessful (syn: miscarry)
- disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake (syn: betray)
- stop operating or functioning (syn: break, die, go)
- be unable
- judge unacceptable
- fail to get a passing grade (syn: bomb, flunk)
- become bankrupt or insolvent; fail financially and close
- prove insufficient
- get worse
He failed in his first attempt but succeeded in his second attempt.
His first company failed, but his second company succeeded.
He felt that he had failed her when she needed him most.
The government has failed the voters.
I fail words to express my feelings.
Soon would our food and water fail us here.
My project failed.
He failed to keep his word.
If only my memory does not fail me.
Take care not to fail me.
He failed to comprehend the seriousness of the problem.
We shall not fail to send our reply.
Religion seems to be failing when it is merely changing its form.
The music rose again from where it seem'd to fail.
It looks likely that the peace talks will fail.
present participle: failing
past tense: failed
past participle: failed