Definition of Fail


  • get worse
    "Her health is declining"
  • prove insufficient
    "The water supply for the town failed after a long drought"
    - run out - give out
  • 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?"
    - flush it
  • judge unacceptable
    "The teacher failed six students"
  • be unable
    "I fail to understand your motives"
  • 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"
    - go bad - give way - give out - conk out - break down
  • 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"
  • be unsuccessful
    "Where do today's public schools fail?"
    "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"
    - go wrong
  • 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"
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Unscramble fail

12 unscramble word found using the letters fail.

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