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fails

[ feyl ]SEE DEFINITION OF fails
  • verbbe unsuccessful
  • verbabandon, forsake
  • verblose money

Synonyms for fails

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Antonyms for fails

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

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FAILS

It is in his attempt to explain the mechanism that we believe Weissman fails.

When it fails, it is in consequence of some peculiarity in the composition of the ink.

I'll make one more attempt by myself, and then, if it fails, I'll ask them to aid me.

That is why an academic education nowadays often fails of its purpose.

He has a fine Geneva watch, but he fails of the skill to tell the hour by the sun.

An insufficient current is one which fails to keep the battery charged.

As it stands, it fails to convey the first design of the great sculptor.

If he fails on the first topic he may have another draw, but his grade will be reduced.

If everything else fails, this might be a way out of the difficulty for us.

There is a solemnity about the repast that strikes but fails to subdue Molly.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., from Old French falir (11c., Modern French faillir) "be lacking, miss, not succeed," from Vulgar Latin *fallire, from Latin fallere "to trip, cause to fall;" figuratively "to deceive, trick, dupe, cheat, elude; fail, be lacking or defective." Related: Failed; failing. Replaced Old English abreoðan.