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What does "Fail" mean?

Definition

(v. i.) Death; decease (v. i.) Miscarriage; failure; deficiency; fault; -- mostly superseded by failure or failing, except in the phrase without fail (v. i.) To be affected with want; to come short; to lack; to be deficient or unprovided; -- used with of (v. i.) To be found wanting with respect to an action or a duty to be performed, a result to be secured, etc.; to miss; not to fulfill expectation (v. i.) 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 (v. i.) 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 (v. i.) To come short of a result or object aimed at or desired ; to be baffled or frusrated (v. i.) To deteriorate in respect to vigor, activity, resources, etc.; to become weaker; as, a sick man fails (v. i.) To err in judgment; to be mistaken (v. i.) To fall away; to become diminished; to decline; to decay; to sink (v. i.) To perish; to die; -- used of a person (v. t.) To be wanting to ; to be insufficient for; to disappoint; to desert (v. t.) To miss of attaining; to lose


Synonyms go, break, die, betray, break down, neglect, bomb, run out, flunk, give out, give way, conk out, go wrong, miscarry, flush it


Example: "A number of banks failed that year" Example: "She failed in her obligations as a good daughter-in-law" Example: "She studied hard but failed nevertheless" Example: "The teacher failed six students" Example: "Where do today's public schools fail?" Example: "She failed to notice that her child was no longer in his crib" Example: "I fail to understand your motives" Example: "The engine failed on the way to town" Example: "The water supply for the town failed after a long drought" Example: "His sense of smell failed him this time"


Word Family failed, failing, failings, fails, unfailing, unfailingly