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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"
go, conk out, give way, overlook, flunk, bomb, betray, leave out, break down, die, omit, neglect, run out, break, overleap, flush it, drop, miscarry, miss, give out, ignore, go wrong, pretermit, disregard, go bad
fail, go wrong, miscarryverb
"Where do today's public schools fail?"; "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"
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"
bomb, betray, stag, conk out, deceive, flunk, miscarry, sell, go bad, bewray, snitch, give way, flush it, lead astray, cheat, shit, give away, grass, neglect, break, wander, give out, shop, go, go wrong, die, run out, break down, denounce, cuckold, tell on, cheat on, rat
fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break downverb
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"
peter out, function, crumble, give off, perish, break away, give way, unwrap, hold out, run, endure, lead, give out, hand out, split up, conk out, operate, dampen, travel, collapse, last, go wrong, bomb, transgress, discontinue, founder, weaken, go away, crumple, bump, discover, demote, stop, go, take apart, move, damp, ease up, rifle, separate, decompose, miscarry, split, run low, die out, cash in one's chips, dissect, smash, pause, move over, spoil, pass out, pass away, get out, drop dead, fracture, relegate, bring out, violate, reveal, divulge, part, betray, let on, blend in, run short, get around, get going, locomote, intermit, wear out, expire, lose it, check, break dance, break-dance, live, give-up the ghost, kick the bucket, breach, blend, burst, give, plump, crack, ruin, run down, fit, erupt, emit, better, flush it, belong, tumble, offend, go bad, become flat, survive, crush, get, disclose, break off, snuff it, bust, flunk, become, give away, break up, analyse, live on, interrupt, break out, croak, run out, choke, poop out, pop off, pall, sound, fall in, soften, go against, let out, come apart, neglect, extend, start, depart, kick downstairs, distribute, decease, die, pass, proceed, break down, infract, exit, conk, buy the farm, bankrupt, hold up, develop, expose, break, analyze, fall apart, break in, snap off, snap, yield, work, cave in, wear, recrudesce
"I fail to understand your motives"
"The teacher failed six students"
fail, flunk, bomb, flush itverb
fail to get a passing grade
"She studied hard but failed nevertheless"; "Did I fail the test?"
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"
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"
fail, run out, give outverb
"The water supply for the town failed after a long drought"
go, beetle off, conk out, give way, flunk, bomb, betray, peter out, break down, poop out, die, bolt, run down, neglect, run out, drain, break, bolt out, flush it, run off, pass out, miscarry, give off, give out, emit, expire, spill, go wrong, distribute, hand out, go bad
"Her health is declining"
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How to use fail in a sentence?
I would call it an elite public school system in America -- offered families a so-called' choice' for this fall, and their springtime attempt at distance learning was a disaster. I give this as an example because things like this can not happen again in the fall. It would fail America's students, and it would fail taxpayers who pay high taxes for their education, covid hits all of us, and the guidelines for 6 feet social distancing simply mean that Betsy DeVos can't put every kid back in a school with the existing square footage footprint. It's just that simple.
Mostly religious sectarians bury Islam in the grave of hatred and ignorance; however, reborn of Islam occurs every new Islamic year on the tenth day of the month Moharram, regardless of weather, such practice is for centuries, killing each other for nothing. The majority of the Muslims fail to qualify themselves accordingly as the teachings of the Holy Quran. Unfortunately, Muslims organize and celebrate the sad and happy occasions, but neither learn nor apply it practically upon self.
It is not enough to succeed; others must fail.
It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.
If we fail to shore up the moral and ethical bulwarks of our society we will have to live with the consequences. We will almost certainly watch our international reputation continue to wane. We will continue to lose our way and fracture at our many seams. A philosopher-king like Aurelius—American democratic leaders like Aurelius—can help us change course and save us from ourselves.
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- не работя, не сполучвам, провалям се, отказвам, не успявамBulgarian
- fracassarCatalan, Valencian
- propadnout, selhávat, přestat, nechat, fungovat, selhatCzech
- dumpe, mislykkes, fejle, undlade, forsømme, svigte, slå fejlDanish
- keinen Erfolg haben, nicht gelingen, missglücken, versagen, scheitern, ohne Erfolg bleibenGerman
- negar, zozobrar, pararse, fallar, fracasarSpanish
- seiskuma, edutu, nurjumaEstonian
- موفق نشدن, تصورکردن, شکست خوردن, خراب شدنPersian
- vikautua, pysäyttää, rikkoa, vioittaa, vikaantua, pysähtyä, epäonnistua, ei, mennä rikkiFinnish
- échouer, faillir, recaler, négliger, tomber en panneFrench
- fàilligScottish Gaelic
- ignorare, fallire, omettere, mancare l'obiettivo, mancare, negligere, tralasciare, bocciareItalian
- иш ордунан чыкпай калуу, жол болбооKyrgyz
- taka, pahekeMāori
- buizen, falen, mankeren, mislukken, negerenDutch
- feile, svikte, mislykkesNorwegian
- reprovar, deixar de, pifar, falhar, fracassarPortuguese
- a rata, a strica, a se stricaRomanian
- выходить из строя, провалиться, не справиться, терпеть неудачу, провалитьRussian
- fallera, mankera, misslyckasSwedish
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