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Definitions of fail

  1. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. fail to get a passing grade; "She studied hard but failed nevertheless"; "Did I fail the test?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. be unable; "I fail to understand your motives" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. prove insufficient; "The water supply for the town failed after a long drought" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. get worse; "Her health is declining" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. judge unacceptable; "The teacher failed six students" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. be unsuccessful; "Where do today's public schools fail?"; "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To fall away; to become diminished; to decline; to decay; to sink. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To deteriorate in respect to vigor, activity, resources, etc.; to become weaker; as, a sick man fails. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To come short of a result or object aimed at or desired ; to be baffled or frusrated. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To err in judgment; to be mistaken. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To be wanting to ; to be insufficient for; to disappoint; to desert. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To miss of attaining; to lose. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Death; decease. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. To be affected with want; to come short; to lack; to be deficient or unprovided; - used with of. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. To perish; to die; - used of a person. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. Miscarriage; failure; deficiency; fault; - mostly superseded by failure or failing, except in the phrase without fail. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. To fall short; be deficient; waste away; decline; turn out badly; become bankrupt. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  26. To be wanting, or insufficient for; forsake. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  27. Failure; omission. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  28. 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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  29. To be wanting to; not to be sufficient for; -pr.p. failing; pa.p. failed. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  30. To be wanting to; disappoint. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. To fall short; give out; not succeed; decay; become insolvent. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  32. Omission; failure. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  33. To desert; to disappoint; to cease or neglect to afford aid, supply, or strength; to be wanting to; not to perform. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  34. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  35. 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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  36. Omission; non-performance. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  37. 1. The difference between "fail" and "refuse" is that the latter involves an actof the will, while the former may be an act of inevitable necessity. Taylor v. Mason, 9Wheat. 344, 6 L. Ed. 101. See Stallings v. Thomas, 55 Ark. 320, 18 S. W. 184; TelegraphCo. v. Irvin, 27 Ind. App. 02, 59 N. E. 327; Persons v. Ilight, 4 Ga. 497.2. A person is said to "fail" when he becomes insolvent and unable to meet his obligationsas they mature. Davis v. Campbell, 3 Stew. (Ala.) 321; Mayer v. Hermann, 16 Fed. Cas. 1,242. thelawdictionary.org
  38. To be affected with want; to come short; to lack; to be deficient or unprovided; -- used with of. mso.anu.edu.au
  39. To perish; to die; -- used of a person. mso.anu.edu.au
  40. Miscarriage; failure; deficiency; fault; -- mostly superseded by failure or failing, except in the phrase without fail. mso.anu.edu.au
  41. f[=a]l, n. a turf, sod.--n. FAIL'-DIKE (Scot.), a turf-wall. [Perh. from Gael. fàl, a sod.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  42. f[=a]l, v.i. to fall short or be wanting (with in): to fall away: to decay: to die: to prove deficient under trial, examination, pressure, &c.: to miss: to be disappointed or baffled: to be unable to pay one's debts.--v.t. to be wanting to: not to be sufficient for: to leave undone, omit: to disappoint or desert any one:--pr.p. fail'ing; pa.p. failed.--n. (Shak.) failure.--p.adj. FAILED, decayed, worn out: bankrupt.--n. FAIL'ING, a fault, weakness: a foible.--prep. in default of.--n. FAIL'URE, a falling short, or cessation: omission: decay: bankruptcy.--FAIL OF, to come short of accomplishing any purpose; WITHOUT FAIL, infallibly. [O. Fr. faillir--L. fall[)e]re, to deceive; cf. Dut. feilen, Ger. fehlen, Ice. feila.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  43. Without f., for certain, irrespective of hindrances, (emphasizing injunction or promise). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  44. (strictly, intr. with ind. obj.). Be missing (see failing) or insufficient, not suffice for needs of (person), run short, (time would f. me to tell; his heart failed him); become extinct, die away; flag, break down; prove misleading, disappoint hopes of, (the prophecy failed; the wind failed us); be insufficiently equipped in, not succeed in the attainment of; not succeed (in doing or to do); miscarry, come to nothing; suspend payment, go bankrupt; be rejected as candidate. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  45. (Also) neglect, not remember or not choose, (to do; he failed to appear; don\'t f. to keep us informed). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  46. n. Failure; deficiency; lack; want. Cabinet Dictionary
  47. To be deficient, to cease from former plenty, to fall short; to be extinct, to cease to be produced; to perish, to be soft; to decay, to decline, to languish; to miss, not to produce its effect; to miss, not to succeed in a design; to be deficient in duty. Complete Dictionary
  48. To desert, not to continue to assist or supply; not to assist, to neglect, to omit to help; to omit, not to perform; to be wanting to. Complete Dictionary
  49. Miscarriage; omission; deficience, want. Complete Dictionary

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