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  • v  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
  • v  be unsuccessful
    Where do today's public schools fail?
    The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably
  • v  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
  • v  stop operating or functioning
    The engine failed on the way to town
  • v  be unable
    I fail to understand your motives
  • v  judge unacceptable
    The teacher failed six students
  • v  fail to get a passing grade
    She studied hard but failed nevertheless
    Did I fail the test?
  • v  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
  • v  become bankrupt or insolvent; fail financially and close
    A number of banks failed that year
  • v  prove insufficient
    The water supply for the town failed after a long drought
  • v  get worse

  • If nothing else, I had learned my first lesson in creative theater advertising, for "You will not fail to thrill to The Sound of Music" was the main quote outside London's Palace .
  • 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.
  • Passfail emerged in the late 1960s, washed in by the tide of student protest against "the System.
News & Articles


  • Barack Obama in Irish Central
    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.
  • Elvis Presley in Washington Post
    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.
  • Ben Bernanke in Reuters
    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.

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