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fail

 
 
pronunciation:
feIl
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
phrases:
without fail
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: failed, failing, fails
definition 1: to be or become ineffective or unsuccessful; be lacking in an effort or attempt.
The mayor failed at the task of revitalizing the downtown area.She failed in her efforts to raise funds for the project.
synonyms:
miscarry
antonyms:
prosper, succeed, triumph, work
similar words:
bite the dust, collapse, come a cropper, fizzle, flop, go down, miss
definition 2: to lose endurance or strength; decline.
The runner's strength began to fail after the fifteenth mile.His health began to fail rapidly after his wife died.
synonyms:
decline, languish, sink
similar words:
decay, deteriorate, droop, dwindle, ebb, fade, lag, pine, trail, wane, weaken
definition 3: to stop operating.
The machines failed, and production came to an abrupt stop.The doctor said that any large effort could cause her heart to fail.
synonyms:
break down, die
similar words:
blow, break, collapse, falter, go, stall
definition 4: to receive any grade below passing in a test or course.
If you don't study, you could fail.
synonyms:
flunk
similar words:
bomb
definition 5: of a business, to become unable to make enough money to continue operating and to pay off debts; become insolvent.
The restaurant failed after only six months in business.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to be unsuccessful in meeting the expectations of; disappoint.
He failed his friends by stealing their money to support his drug habit.He promised his daughter he would attend her graduation, but he failed her again.
synonyms:
disappoint
antonyms:
achieve
similar words:
desert, forsake, let down
definition 2: to receive a grade below passing in (a test or course).
Sue failed her driving test.
synonyms:
flunk
antonyms:
pass
similar words:
blow
definition 3: to give (someone) a grade below passing.
No teacher likes to fail a student.
synonyms:
flunk
definition 4: to neglect or omit to do something important or required.
After he failed to pay the bill, the electric company turned off his power.The injury occurred because they failed to follow the safety instructions.
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part of speech: noun
definition: in commerce, a failure to deliver securities on time, or to receive proceeds from a transaction.
similar words:
failure
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phrase: without fail
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