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fail

fail

 
 
pronunciation:
feIl
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part of speech: verb
inflections: failed, failing, fails
definition 1: to not do or not succeed in doing; be unable.
Rick failed at the task.
antonyms:
prosper, succeed, triumph
similar words:
collapse, flop
definition 2: to lose force or stamina.
The runner's strength began to fail after the fifteenth mile.
synonyms:
decline
similar words:
decay, deteriorate, droop, dwindle, ebb, fade, lag, trail, wane, weaken
definition 3: to stop working.
The engine failed, so we walked home.
synonyms:
break down, die
similar words:
blow, break, collapse, falter
definition 4: to not meet the hopes of; disappoint.
You fail your friends when you lie to them.
synonyms:
disappoint
antonyms:
achieve
similar words:
desert, forsake, let down
definition 5: to receive a grade below passing in.
Sue failed her driving test.
antonyms:
pass
similar words:
blow
definition 6: to give a grade below passing.
No teacher likes to fail a student.
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