Definition of 'fail'
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Yet it was only after his business failed that the real problems began. Times, Sunday Times (2017)What he failed to get as an active member he would not get as a departing member. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Councils have applied but either withdrew their applications or failed to win approval. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Failing health bodies will be named and shamed when the cancer data is officially released this month. The Sun (2016)They raised the alarm when he failed to make contact again. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Should the company fail, the tax treatment of the loss for your brother will also differ. Times, Sunday Times (2017)The online quote was meaningless when I failed to pass a credit check. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Getting a massage, you would think, is something impossible to fail at. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Last week a judge found that the ministry had failed in its duty. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Affairs tend to happen when this has been attempted and failed or not attempted at all. Times, Sunday Times (2012)When his last business failed he became bankrupt. The Sun (2012)It sustained her in the last years when failing health was increasing her physical dependency. Times, Sunday Times (2006)You can try hard at something and still fail. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Results are presented in a pass or fail format. The Sun (2011)What is the point of an examination if nobody fails? Times, Sunday Times (2009)He had been warned again and again but failed to take action. The Sun (2012)The vast majority of new businesses fail. Times, Sunday Times (2007)But will this be yet another flotation that fails to get off the ground? Times, Sunday Times (2007)You are not taken seriously unless you have tried something and failed. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Airlines are also being accused of failing to pass on savings. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The claimant was a student of the university and had failed his examinations a few times. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Forgive us for failing to take the gospel to all the peoples of the world. Christianity Today (2000)He intends to sue the hospital for failing in its duty of care. Times, Sunday Times (2013)This is a systemic failing that health service managers and politicians of all parties recognise but struggle to address. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The attempts failed after staff intervened. The Sun (2006)Reading have failed to win any of their 10 league games this season. The Sun (2012)Most employees get a bit miffed when the company chairman fails to mention them personally in his account of a record third quarter. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He wanted to study architecture, but he failed to win a scholarship. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It makes me laugh if foreign players fail to make an instant impact and the manager who signed him gets it in the neck. The Sun (2006)I had just spent my last buck buying a failing company. Going For It!: How to Succeed As an Entrepreneur (1986)He failed to make the qualifying distance to get through to the final throws for the medals, finishing twelfth and a dejected last. Times, Sunday Times (2012)
Synonyms of 'fail'
be unsuccessful, founder, fall flat, come to nothing
not pass, be unsuccessful, flunk, screw up
Trends of 'fail'
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Translations for 'fail'
British English: fail /feɪl/ VERB
If you fail or fail to do something that you were trying to do, you do not succeed in doing it.
He failed to win enough votes.
Many of us have tried to lose weight and have failed miserably.
- American English: fail
- Arabic: يَفْشَلُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: falhar
- Chinese: 失败
- Croatian: ne uspjeti
- Czech: neuspět
- Danish: slå fejl
- Dutch: falen
- European Spanish: no + infinitivo
- Finnish: epäonnistua
- French: échouer
- German: scheitern
- Greek: αποτυγχάνω
- Italian: fallire
- Japanese: 失敗する
- Korean: 실패하다
- Norwegian: mislykkes
- Polish: zawieść
- European Portuguese: falhar
- Romanian: a eșua
- Russian: потерпеть неудачу
- Spanish: fracasar
- Swedish: misslyckas
- Thai: ล้มเหลว
- Turkish: başarısız olmak
- Ukrainian: зазнавати невдачі
- Vietnamese: thất bại
Definition of fail from the Collins English Dictionary
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