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Fail meaning

fail - 16 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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"
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. To fall away; to become diminished; to decline; to decay; to sink.
  4. 4. To deteriorate in respect to vigor, activity, resources, etc.; to become weaker; as, a sick man fails.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. To come short of a result or object aimed at or desired ; to be baffled or frusrated.
  7. 7. To err in judgment; to be mistaken.
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. To be wanting to ; to be insufficient for; to disappoint; to desert.
  10. 10. To miss of attaining; to lose.
  11. 11. Death; decease.
  12. 12. To be affected with want; to come short; to lack; to be deficient or unprovided; - used with of.
  13. 13. To perish; to die; - used of a person.
  14. 14. Miscarriage; failure; deficiency; fault; - mostly superseded by failure or failing, except in the phrase without fail.
  15. 15. To be wanting to; disappoint.
  16. 16. To fall short; give out; not succeed; decay; become insolvent.

fail - examples of usage

  1. At least I didn't fail them. - "The Princess Pocahontas", Virginia Watson.
  2. Also it might fail. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
  3. You never fail one." - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
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