Definition of FAILS

verb : FAILS

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 2. (

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

  • 3. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 5. (

    ) be unable; "I fail to understand your motives" ;

  • 6. (

    ) judge unacceptable; "The teacher failed six students" ;

  • 8. (

    ) 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. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 11. (

    ) get worse; "Her health is declining" ;


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