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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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To be wanting to ; to be insufficient for; to disappoint; to desert. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To miss of attaining; to lose. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To be wanting, or insufficient for; forsake. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. To be wanting to; disappoint. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To fall away; to become diminished; to decline; to decay; to sink. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To deteriorate in respect to vigor, activity, resources, etc.; to become weaker; as, a sick man fails. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To come short of a result or object aimed at or desired ; to be baffled or frusrated. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To err in judgment; to be mistaken. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Death; decease. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To be affected with want; to come short; to lack; to be deficient or unprovided; - used with of. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To perish; to die; - used of a person. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Miscarriage; failure; deficiency; fault; - mostly superseded by failure or failing, except in the phrase without fail. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. 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.
  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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  18. To fall short; give out; not succeed; decay; become insolvent. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. fail to get a passing grade; "She studied hard but failed nevertheless"; "Did I fail the test?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. be unable; "I fail to understand your motives" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. prove insufficient; "The water supply for the town failed after a long drought" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  22. get worse; "Her health is declining" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  23. 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
  24. judge unacceptable; "The teacher failed six students" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  25. be unsuccessful; "Where do today's public schools fail?"; "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. Failure; omission. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  31. Omission; failure. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  32. Omission; non-performance. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for fail

  1. We should fail to bring it to every man's door, and it must be brought to every man's door to be perfect. – Address by Honorable William C. Redfield, Secretary of Commerce at Conference of Regional Chairmen of the Highway Transport Committee Council of National Defence Highway Transport Commitee, Council of National Defence, Bulletin 4 by US Government
  2. Often half a dozen will fail on the same day, and as many new ones will start the next. – Comrade Yetta by Albert Edwards
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