Definitions of fail:
  • verb:   become bankrupt or insolvent; fail financially and close
    Example: "A number of banks failed that year"
  • verb:   fall short in what is expected
    Example: "She failed in her obligations as a good daughter-in-law"
  • verb:   fail to get a passing grade
    Example: "She studied hard but failed nevertheless"
  • verb:   judge unacceptable
    Example: "The teacher failed six students"
  • verb:   be unsuccessful
    Example: "Where do today's public schools fail?"
  • verb:   fail to do something; leave something undone
    Example: "She failed to notice that her child was no longer in his crib"
  • verb:   be unable
    Example: "I fail to understand your motives"
  • verb:   stop operating or functioning
    Example: "The engine failed on the way to town"
  • verb:   prove insufficient
    Example: "The water supply for the town failed after a long drought"
  • verb:   get worse
  • verb:   disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake
    Example: "His sense of smell failed him this time"
  • name:  A surname (very rare: popularity rank in the U.S.: #20916)

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