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Definition of Fail


  1. To be wanting; to fall short; to be or become deficient in any measure or degree up to total absence; to cease to be furnished in the usual or expected manner, or to be altogether cut off from supply; to be lacking; as, streams fail; crops fail.
  2. To be affected with want; to come short; to lack; to be deficient or unprovided; -- used with of.
  3. To fall away; to become diminished; to decline; to decay; to sink.
  4. To deteriorate in respect to vigor, activity, resources, etc.; to become weaker; as, a sick man fails.
  5. To perish; to die; -- used of a person.
  6. To be found wanting with respect to an action or a duty to be performed, a result to be secured, etc.; to miss; not to fulfill expectation.
  7. To come short of a result or object aimed at or desired ; to be baffled or frusrated.
  8. To err in judgment; to be mistaken.
  9. To become unable to meet one's engagements; especially, to be unable to pay one's debts or discharge one's business obligation; to become bankrupt or insolvent.
  10. To be wanting to ; to be insufficient for; to disappoint; to desert.
  11. To miss of attaining; to lose.
  12. Miscarriage; failure; deficiency; fault; -- mostly superseded by failure or failing, except in the phrase without fail.
  13. Death; decease.

Fail Quotations

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
Benjamin Franklin

Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
Abraham Lincoln

Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.
Abraham Lincoln
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Fail Translations

fail in Dutch is floppen, in het water vallen
fail in German is durchfallen, scheitern, versagen, scheitern
fail in Italian is mancare, arrenare, andare fallito, abortire
fail in Portuguese is falha
fail in Spanish is marrar, zozobrar, fallar, desgraciar

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