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  1. [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: neglect

  2. [verb] be unsuccessful; "Where do today's public schools fail?"; "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"
    Synonyms: go wrong, miscarry

  3. [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: betray

  4. [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: go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break down

  5. [verb] be unable; "I fail to understand your motives"

  6. [verb] judge unacceptable; "The teacher failed six students"

  7. [verb] fail to get a passing grade; "She studied hard but failed nevertheless"; "Did I fail the test?"
    Synonyms: flunk, bomb, flush it

  8. [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"

  9. [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"

  10. [verb] prove insufficient; "The water supply for the town failed after a long drought"
    Synonyms: run out, give out

  11. [verb] get worse; "Her health is declining"


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