|Verb||1.||fail - 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"|
|2.||fail - be unsuccessful; "Where do today's public schools fail?"; "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"|
|3.||fail - 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"|
|4.||fail - 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"|
|5.||fail - be unable; "I fail to understand your motives"|Antonyms: bring off
, carry off
, pull off
- be successful; achieve a goal; "She succeeded in persuading us all"; "I managed to carry the box upstairs"; "She pulled it off, even though we never thought her capable of it"; "The pianist negociated the difficult runs"
|6.||fail - judge unacceptable; "The teacher failed six students"|Antonyms: pass
- accept or judge as acceptable; "The teacher passed the student although he was weak"
|7.||fail - fail to get a passing grade; "She studied hard but failed nevertheless"; "Did I fail the test?"|Antonyms: make it
- go successfully through a test or a selection process; "She passed the new Jersey Bar Exam and can practice law now"
|8.||fail - 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"|
|9.||fail - 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"|
|10.||fail - prove insufficient; "The water supply for the town failed after a long drought"|
|11.||fail - get worse; "Her health is declining"|