fail

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  • Yet he failed to gain a position that he thought would lead him to success.
  • The plan failed and two of its members were killed and another one was arrested.
  • In the last six years of his life his health began to fail.
  • The title track was then released to rock radio but failed to chart as well.
  • These orders failed to get through and the attack went ahead as originally planned.
  • Although this attempt failed, it was a sign of problems to come.
  • The project was short-lived and failed after seven months.
  • They would either both fail, both win or both get very old.
  • She dropped out of high school during her senior year after failing her classes.
  • Children will be sent away for good if they fail their classes.
  • Most did not stay in the area for long, as they failed to find significant resources.
  • It was her first album to fail to reach the top ten.
  • Near his life's end that hope failed him too.
  • However this single failed to chart, due in part to a lack of distribution.
  • It has often been tried in the past and has failed, and it will fail today.
  • It has often been tried in the past and has failed, and it will fail today.
  • It also failed to pick up a major audience and was dropped.
  • The bill however failed to gain enough votes to pass in the House.
  • Although he succeeded in killing her, he failed to kill himself.
  • Another attempt to capture the island shortly after also failed.
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Meaning of fail

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