fail fail  /ˈfeɪl/


  1. (v) fail to do something; leave something undone
  2. (v) be unsuccessful
  3. (v) disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake
  4. (v) stop operating or functioning
  5. (v) be unable
  6. (v) judge unacceptable
  7. (v) fail to get a passing grade
  8. (v) fall short in what is expected
  9. (v) become bankrupt or insolvent; fail financially and close
  10. (v) prove insufficient
  11. (v) get worse


Derived Word(s)


  1. There's an uproar about whether the government should let AIG fail, a debate re-energized by the latest revelation of bonus payments going to AIG's executives.
  2. There are some sites that you go to over and over again that never fail.


  1. Regional Fed Chiefs Warn on 'Too Big to Fail' Banks

    Regional Fed Chiefs Warn on 'Too Big to Fail' Banks
    on June 26, 2013     Source: Nasdaq

  2. Fed’s Fisher Urges Bank Breakup Amid Too-Big-to-Fail ‘Injustice’

    Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher said an implicit government guarantee for the biggest U.S. banks is an “injustice” that prompts them to take excessive risks and that they should be allowed to fail.
    on June 26, 2013     Source: Bloomberg

  3. Richard (RJ) Eskow: On Too Big to Fail, All the Warning Lights Are Flashing Red [VIDEO]

    "Too Big to Fail" banks played a key role in causing the last financial crisis. Not a single executive has been prosecuted, despite their rampant lawbreaking, which means that there's been no effective deterrent against reckless and illegal behavior.
    on June 25, 2013     Source: The Huffington Post


  1. "If we continue to fail to act at the federal level, we will continue to see misguided efforts opening up around the country," he said.
    on Jun 17, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: Irish Central

  2. "I'm so very sad and confused with every emotion possible. ...... This is such a massive loss on so many levels, words fail me," Presley said in statement.
    on Jun 25, 2009 By: Elvis Presley Source: Washington Post

  3. "The outcome of the stress test is not going to be fail or pass," Bernanke said in testimony to the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday.
    on Feb 24, 2009 By: Ben Bernanke Source: Reuters

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untenable untenable
/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /