Thesaurus.com
Thesaurus / fails
FEEDBACK

fails

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

synonyms for fails

  • 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

antonyms for fails

MOST RELEVANT
  • ascend
  • go up
  • rise
  • accomplish
  • achieve
  • build
  • correct
  • develop
  • do well
  • succeed
  • capture
  • complete
  • deliver
  • earn
  • finish
  • gain
  • merit
  • obtain
  • procure
  • prosper
  • reach
  • win
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

TRY USING fails

See how your sentence looks with different synonyms.

Characters: 0/140
QUIZ
Skip The Calculus, Go Straight To This Quiz On Spelling Numbers
START THE QUIZ

How to use fails in a sentence

Yet in many cases their good sense fails to discover the right way.
PUTNAM'S HANDY LAW BOOK FOR THE LAYMANALBERT SIDNEY BOLLES
So one's common sense fails to establish a definite reasonable time.
PUTNAM'S HANDY LAW BOOK FOR THE LAYMANALBERT SIDNEY BOLLES
There are many cases like this in which one's common sense fails to furnish a correct, yet needful guide.
PUTNAM'S HANDY LAW BOOK FOR THE LAYMANALBERT SIDNEY BOLLES
And certainly a Pastor is excusable who fails to do things of which he has no knowledge.
THE JESUIT RELATIONS AND ALLIED DOCUMENTS, VOL. II: ACADIA, 1612-1614VARIOUS
If he fails to qualify or a vacancy occurs, the creditors have an opportunity to make another appointment.
PUTNAM'S HANDY LAW BOOK FOR THE LAYMANALBERT SIDNEY BOLLES
Until the mortgagor fails to execute his part of the agreement, he retains possession of the property.
PUTNAM'S HANDY LAW BOOK FOR THE LAYMANALBERT SIDNEY BOLLES
A cry, which heard, even at noon day, seldom fails to blanch the manliest cheek.
THE WORLD BEFORE THEMSUSANNA MOODIE
You may go hence if your courage fails you outright; but I'll throw up the bridge and entrench myself within these walls.
ST. MARTIN'S SUMMERRAFAEL SABATINI
This remedy cannot be always sought whenever the seller fails to execute his contracts.
PUTNAM'S HANDY LAW BOOK FOR THE LAYMANALBERT SIDNEY BOLLES
In like manner if the landlord is to furnish heat and fails to do so, the tenant is justified in leaving.
PUTNAM'S HANDY LAW BOOK FOR THE LAYMANALBERT SIDNEY BOLLES
SYNONYM OF THE DAY
OCTOBER 26, 1985
Choose the synonym for future
capacitor