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Definition 1: stop operating or functioning - [verb of change]

Samples where fail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for fail in the sense of this definition

(fail is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(... is a kind of fail ) stop operating

"My computer crashed last night" "The system goes down at least once a week"

(... is a kind of fail ) melt, break, or become otherwise unusable

"The lightbulbs blew out" "The fuse blew"

(... is a kind of fail ) fail to fire or detonate

"The guns misfired"

(... is a kind of fail ) fail to function or function improperly

"the coffee maker malfunctioned"

(fail has a similar meaning as ...) render inoperable or ineffective

"You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!"

(fail has a similar meaning as ...) pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life

"She died from cancer" "The children perished in the fire" "The patient went peacefully" "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"

Definition 2: get worse - [verb of change]

Samples where fail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her health is declining

(fail is a kind of ...) grow worse

"Conditions in the slum worsened"

Definition 3: prove insufficient - [verb of change]

Samples where fail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The water supply for the town failed after a long drought

Synonyms for fail in the sense of this definition

Definition 4: disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake - [verb of emotion]

Samples where fail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • His sense of smell failed him this time
  • His strength finally failed him
  • His children failed him in the crisis

Synonyms for fail in the sense of this definition

(fail is a kind of ...) fail to meet the hopes or expectations of

"Her boyfriend let her down when he did not propose marriage"

Definition 5: become bankrupt or insolvent; fail financially and close - [verb of possession]

Samples where fail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The toy company went bankrupt after the competition hired cheap Mexican labor
  • A number of banks failed that year

Samples where fail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Where do today's public schools fail?
  • The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably

Synonyms for fail in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of fail ) undergo failure or defeat

(... is a kind of fail ) fail to reach or get to

"She missed her train"

(... is a kind of fail ) fail by aiming too high or trying too hard

(... is a kind of fail ) make a mess of, destroy or ruin

"I botched the dinner and we had to eat out" "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"

(... is a kind of fail ) be unsuccessful in an endeavor

"The candidate struck out with his health care plan"

(... is a kind of fail ) suffer defeat, failure, or ruin

"We must stand or fall" "fall by the wayside"

(... is a kind of fail ) suffer failure, as in some enterprise

(... is a kind of fail ) fail utterly; collapse

"The project foundered"

Samples where fail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She studied hard but failed nevertheless
  • Did I fail the test?

Synonyms for fail in the sense of this definition

(fail has a similar meaning as ...) 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 has a similar meaning as ...) judge unacceptable

"The teacher failed six students"

Samples where fail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for fail in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of fail ) fail to keep informed or aware

"She has so many books, she just lost track and cannot find this volume"

(... is a kind of fail ) put out or be put out by a strikeout

"Oral struck out three batters to close the inning"

(... is a kind of fail ) fail to pay up

(... is a kind of fail ) fail to perform adequately due to tension or agitation

"The team should have won hands down but choked, disappointing the coach and the audience"

(... is a kind of fail ) fail to catch, as of a ball

(... is a kind of fail ) fail to attend an event or activity

"I missed the concert" "He missed school for a week"

Samples where fail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The teacher failed six students

(fail is a kind of ...) form a critical opinion of

"I cannot judge some works of modern art" "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"

(fail has a similar meaning as ...) fail to get a passing grade

"She studied hard but failed nevertheless" "Did I fail the test?"

Samples where fail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I fail to understand your motives

Samples where fail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She failed in her obligations as a good daughter-in-law
  • We must not fail his obligation to the victims of the Holocaust

(fail has a similar meaning as ...) fail to get a passing grade

"She studied hard but failed nevertheless" "Did I fail the test?"

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