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Fail Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0

  • get worse; "Her health is declining"
  • 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"
  • prove insufficient; "The water supply for the town failed after a long drought"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • fail to get a passing grade; "She studied hard but failed nevertheless"; "Did I fail the test?"
  • judge unacceptable; "The teacher failed six students"
  • be unsuccessful; "Where do today''s public schools fail?"; "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"
  • 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"
  • be unable; "I fail to understand your motives"

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Fail Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

A failure (fail, or flop) is where a goal or mission is not completed. It can mean the opposite of success.

A commercial failure is a product that does not complete a goal.

Most of the items listed below had high expectations, but failed to be successful.

Product failure can be the failure to sell the product, or a problem with the product that may stop it from working after a while, or lead to the person using the product hurting themselves.

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'Fail' example sentence in quotations

* Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. - Anais Nin

* Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud. - Sophocles

* There are some books that refuse to be written. They stand their ground year after year and will not be persuaded. It isn't because the book is not there and worth being written -- it is only because the right form of the story does not present itself. There is only one right form for a story and if you fail to find that form the story will not tell itself. - Mark Twain

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Fail Sample Sentences in News

  • Report: China's ports fail to regulate pollution
    BEIJING (AP) — China's busy ports fail to regulate heavy emissions of sulfur oxide and other pollutants mostly from cargo ships although they're the biggest source of air pollution in port cities such as Hong Kong, according to a new report. Read more on this news related to 'Fail'
  • Bulls fail to reach contract extension with Jimmy Butler
    In 2012, Taj Gibson said before the home opener that he wouldn’t take the Bulls’ latest offer on a contract extension. Postgame, after in-game negotiations, Gibson signed a four-year, $33 million deal minutes before the deadline. Read more on this news related to 'Fail'
  • 25 Lenders Said Poised to Fail ECB’s Health-Check
    Twenty-five banks are set to fail the European Central Bank's Comprehensive Assessment today, according to a draft communique of the results seen by Bloomberg News. In total, banks will have to raise 9 billion euros ($11.4 billion), Italian daily newspaper Il Messaggero reported, without citing sources. The two-part review forms one pillar of the ECB's eff Read more on this news related to 'Fail'

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