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Synonyms for fail
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fail, neglect(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"

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    come through, pass, bring home the bacon, win, negociate, carry off, deliver the goods, make it, succeed, manage, pull off, bring off

  2. fail, go wrong, miscarry(verb)

    be unsuccessful

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

    Synonyms:
    go, conk out, give way, flunk, bomb, betray, break down, die, neglect, run out, break, flush it, miscarry, give out, go wrong, go bad

    Antonyms:
    make it, carry off, win, pass, succeed, pull off, bring home the bacon, negociate, manage, come through, bring off, deliver the goods

  3. fail, betray(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"

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    deliver the goods, negociate, win, carry off, pass, bring home the bacon, come through, manage, make it, bring off, succeed, pull off

  4. fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break down(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"

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    carry off, come through, succeed, deliver the goods, pass, bring off, bring home the bacon, negociate, make it, manage, pull off, win

  5. fail(verb)

    be unable

    "I fail to understand your motives"

    Synonyms:
    betray, die, flunk, neglect, go bad, bomb, go wrong, flush it, conk out, give way, miscarry, break, give out, go, break down, run out

    Antonyms:
    manage, make it, negociate, succeed, carry off, bring off, win, come through, pass, deliver the goods, pull off, bring home the bacon

  6. fail(verb)

    judge unacceptable

    "The teacher failed six students"

    Synonyms:
    betray, die, flunk, neglect, go bad, bomb, go wrong, flush it, conk out, give way, miscarry, break, give out, go, break down, run out

    Antonyms:
    pass, manage, succeed, bring off, deliver the goods, win, bring home the bacon, carry off, negociate, pull off, come through, make it

  7. fail, flunk, bomb, flush it(verb)

    fail to get a passing grade

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

    Synonyms:
    go, conk out, give way, flunk, bomb, betray, break down, die, neglect, run out, break, flush it, miscarry, give out, go wrong, bombard, go bad

    Antonyms:
    negociate, deliver the goods, bring off, pass, manage, succeed, win, pull off, make it, bring home the bacon, carry off, come through

  8. fail(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"

    Synonyms:
    betray, die, flunk, neglect, go bad, bomb, go wrong, flush it, conk out, give way, miscarry, break, give out, go, break down, run out

    Antonyms:
    pull off, pass, bring off, win, come through, bring home the bacon, deliver the goods, negociate, succeed, carry off, make it, manage

  9. fail(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"

    Synonyms:
    betray, die, flunk, neglect, go bad, bomb, go wrong, flush it, conk out, give way, miscarry, break, give out, go, break down, run out

    Antonyms:
    pass, bring off, come through, win, make it, pull off, succeed, manage, carry off, deliver the goods, negociate, bring home the bacon

  10. fail, run out, give out(verb)

    prove insufficient

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

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    bring home the bacon, manage, pass, carry off, negociate, succeed, win, deliver the goods, pull off, make it, bring off, come through

  11. fail(verb)

    get worse

    "Her health is declining"

    Synonyms:
    betray, die, flunk, neglect, go bad, bomb, go wrong, flush it, conk out, give way, miscarry, break, give out, go, break down, run out

    Antonyms:
    deliver the goods, succeed, bring home the bacon, win, manage, negociate, pull off, pass, bring off, come through, make it, carry off

Wiktionary

  1. fail(verb)

    To be unsuccessful.

    Throughout my life, I have always failed.

    Synonyms:
    fall on ones face

    Antonyms:
    succeed

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. fail

    Synonyms:
    abandon, forfeit, give up, let go, lose, miss

    Antonyms:
    accomplish, achieve, acquire, arrive at, attain, compass, earn, gain, get, grasp, master, obtain, procure, reach, secure, win

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. fail

    Synonyms:
    fall, miss, miscarry, fall short, trip, lose

    Antonyms:
    succeed, exceed, surpass, excel, achieve, abound, yield

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. fail(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    fall short, come short, be insufficient, be deficient, be wanting

  2. fail(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    decline, sink, decay, wane, fade, give out

  3. fail(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    cease, disappear, become extinct, be wanting

  4. fail(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    miss, miscarry, be unsuccessful, be frustrated, end in smoke, come to nothing, fall still-born, flash in the pan, miss fire, miss stays, fall to the ground

  5. fail(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    omit, neglect

  6. fail(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    break, become insolvent, become bankrupt, suspend payment

  7. fail(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    disappoint, be wanting to, not be sufficient for, not answer the expectation of

  8. fail(n.)

    Synonyms:
    [Used only in the expression without fail.] omission, neglect, failure, delinquency

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. fail(v)

    Synonyms:
    default, lack, deteriorate, decline, retrograde, disappoint, desert, miscarry, foil, become bankrupt

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "fail":

    failure, fails, failed, disappoint, not, miss

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How to use fail in a sentence?

  1. Mom Keri Morrison:

    My son is no longer here because he didn’t have these skills, to me, I’m protecting her, and that’s what a parent is supposed to do— to protect her child— and I feel like I failed my son, and I’m not going to fail my daughter.

  2. Mauro Vittorangeli:

    Mr Draghi is showing that the ECB is determined to continue until it gets the results it needs. They are perfectly aware that they cannot afford to fail.

  3. Kai Koerber:

    We need to make sure that our first responders are ready to put their lives on the line to save the lives of others. The job of the police is to protect and serve, and when they fail to protect the public, they are serving no one, this is why we must see to it that our first responders are trained to deal with tragic circumstances and restore balance and peace in the world around them ; they must have the mental health resources that will allow them to maintain a state of mental balance no matter what they face.

  4. Lindsey Graham:

    If we’re counting on Facebook to regulate itself, we’re going to fail, i ’m a South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, I do n’t like regulating things unless you have to.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Never give up efforts when you fail, because FAIL is truly an acronym for 'First Attempt In Learning'. Never lose hope, because HOPE is an acronym for 'Hold On, Pain Ends'. Successful people are those who never lose Hope, never give up Efforts, and build their Success out of failures. In my view, Successful persons rise from the ashes of their failures like proverbial Phoenix.

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Translations for fail

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  • أخفقArabic
  • не успявам, не работя, провалям се, отказвам, не сполучвамBulgarian
  • fracassarCatalan, Valencian
  • propadnout, fungovat, selhávat, selhat, nechat, přestatCzech
  • svigte, forsømme, mislykkes, dumpe, fejle, undlade, slå fejlDanish
  • missglücken, ohne Erfolg bleiben, scheitern, nicht gelingen, keinen Erfolg haben, versagenGerman
  • fracasar, zozobrar, negar, pararse, fallarSpanish
  • nurjuma, seiskuma, edutuEstonian
  • تصورکردن, شکست خوردن, موفق نشدن, خراب شدنPersian
  • rikkoa, pysähtyä, vikautua, ei, epäonnistua, vikaantua, pysäyttää, vioittaa, mennä rikkiFinnish
  • tomber en panne, faillir, recaler, négliger, échouerFrench
  • meathIrish
  • fàilligScottish Gaelic
  • gagalIndonesian
  • ignorare, omettere, mancare l'obiettivo, fallire, tralasciare, bocciare, negligere, mancareItalian
  • 矢敗するJapanese
  • жол болбоо, иш ордунан чыкпай калууKyrgyz
  • desumLatin
  • paheke, takaMāori
  • falen, mankeren, negeren, mislukken, buizenDutch
  • mislykkes, feile, svikteNorwegian
  • reprovar, pifar, deixar de, falhar, fracassarPortuguese
  • a rata, a strica, a se stricaRomanian
  • выходить из строя, терпеть неудачу, провалиться, провалить, не справитьсяRussian
  • mankera, misslyckas, falleraSwedish

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