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See definition of fail on Dictionary.com
  • verbbe unsuccessful
  • verbabandon, forsake
  • verblose money

synonyms for fail

  • break down
  • decline
  • fall
  • abort
  • backslide
  • blunder
  • deteriorate
  • fizzle
  • flop
  • flounder
  • fold
  • founder
  • miscarry
  • miss
  • slip
  • back wrong horse
  • be defeated
  • be demoted
  • be found lacking
  • be in vain
  • be ruined
  • come to naught
  • come to nothing
  • fall flat
  • fall short
  • fall through
  • go astray
  • go down
  • go down swinging
  • go downhill
  • go up in smoke
  • go wrong
  • hit bottom
  • hit the skids
  • lose control
  • lose out
  • lose status
  • meet with disaster
  • miss the boat
  • play into
  • run aground
  • turn out badly
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antonyms for fail

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  • ascend
  • go up
  • rise
  • accomplish
  • achieve
  • build
  • correct
  • develop
  • do well
  • succeed
  • capture
  • complete
  • deliver
  • earn
  • finish
  • gain
  • merit
  • obtain
  • procure
  • prosper
  • reach
  • win
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How to use fail in a sentence

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.
MICROSOFT HAD A CRAZY IDEA TO PUT SERVERS UNDER WATER—AND IT TOTALLY WORKEDVANESSA BATES RAMIREZSEPTEMBER 17, 2020SINGULARITY HUB 
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.
THIS DECADE’S MOST IMPORTANT MARKETING QUESTION: WHAT DATA RIGHTS DO ADVERTISERS POSSESS?KIRK WILLIAMSSEPTEMBER 17, 2020SEARCH ENGINE LAND
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.
IF VOTERS ARE WARY OF STATING SUPPORT FOR TRUMP IN POLLS, WHY DOES HE OUTPERFORM GOP SENATE CANDIDATES?PHILIP BUMPSEPTEMBER 16, 2020WASHINGTON POST
However, the system was triggered erroneously by a single sensor that failed in both crashes and it continued to push the nose down repeatedly.
BOEING CRASHES WERE THE “HORRIFIC CULMINATION” OF MULTIPLE MISTAKES, HOUSE REPORT SAYSKDUNN6SEPTEMBER 16, 2020FORTUNE
I woke up before 7 AM, and the feeling of dread increased with every passing hour as the sun failed to appear.
FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, THE WILDFIRES MADE CLIMATE CHANGE REALMICHAEL J. CORENSEPTEMBER 15, 2020QUARTZ
If organizations working on global AI ethics fail to acknowledge this, they risk developing standards that are, at best, meaningless and ineffective across all the world’s regions.
AI ETHICS GROUPS ARE REPEATING ONE OF SOCIETY’S CLASSIC MISTAKESAMY NORDRUMSEPTEMBER 14, 2020MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
A previous attempt by Nvidia to break Qualcomm’s dominance of that business failed.
NVIDIA IS BUYING SOFTBANK’S ARM CHIP DIVISION IN BIGGEST SEMICONDUCTOR DEAL EVERCLAIRE ZILLMAN, REPORTERSEPTEMBER 14, 2020FORTUNE
The only way to fail at meditation is if you try to do something.
HOW A VACATION—OR A PANDEMIC—CAN HELP YOU ADOPT BETTER HABITS NOWMATTHEWHEIMERSEPTEMBER 12, 2020FORTUNE
No risk-taking would mean Netflix losing out on top talent, overlooking a shifting marketplace, and failing to conceptualize innovations.
WHAT IF YOUR COMPANY HAD NO RULES? (BONUS EPISODE)MARIA KONNIKOVASEPTEMBER 12, 2020FREAKONOMICS
It would make everyone careful, of course, but I fail to see any grievance in that.
THE SALVAGING OF CIVILISATIONH. G. (HERBERT GEORGE) WELLS
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WORDS RELATED TO FAIL

  • arrest
  • break off
  • call it quits
  • call off
  • check
  • cut off
  • drop
  • end
  • fail
  • halt
  • interrupt
  • knock it off
  • lay off
  • nullify
  • scrap
  • scratch
  • scrub
  • terminate
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