Definition for fail

verb as in abandon, forsake

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Example Sentences

In this kind of “lights-out” datacenter, the servers would be swapped out about once every five years, with any that fail before then being taken offline.

An engineer’s brilliant plan for an automated system that would work for the billion dollar travel entity, but result in the failed account of the small realtor isn’t actually the right way…even if it’s more efficient for some automated program.

He constantly insists that his approval rating among Republicans is at 96 percent, an invented figure, and nearly as often insists that polls are failing to capture his full support.

However, the system was triggered erroneously by a single sensor that failed in both crashes and it continued to push the nose down repeatedly.

From Fortune

I woke up before 7 AM, and the feeling of dread increased with every passing hour as the sun failed to appear.

From Quartz

The Big Five banks dubbed too big to fail, are 35 percent bigger than they were when the meltdown was triggered.

Diets not only fail to make us thinner, they also fail to make us healthier in the long term.

Direct funds away from practices, policies, and programs that consistently fail to achieve measurable outcomes.

These banks…are a whole lot bigger now than they were when we bailed them out in 2008 because they were too big to fail.

Instead, everyone agrees it has simply reinscribed too big to fail as explicit law.

It would make everyone careful, of course, but I fail to see any grievance in that.

Words fail to describe my feelings as I watched the clothes come off him and dry ones go on just as if hands were arranging them.

Who among us would fail to believe what we have, perhaps, secretly wished for in our heart of hearts?

I knew you would, dear Mr Brammel—a gentleman of your discretion would not fail to do so.

If you did fail, you would try Exclusion, and you would find nothing which is the antithesis of the area of New York.


On this page you'll find 247 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to fail, such as: break down, decline, fall, abort, backslide, and blunder.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.