verb (used without object)
to fall short of success or achievement in something expected, attempted, desired, or approved:
The experiment failed because of poor planning.
to receive less than the passing grade or mark in an examination, class, or course of study:
He failed in history.
to be or become deficient or lacking; be insufficient or absent; fall short:
Our supplies failed.
to dwindle, pass, or die away:
The flowers failed for lack of rain.
to lose strength or vigor; become weak:
His health failed after the operation.
to become unable to meet or pay debts or business obligations; become insolvent or bankrupt.
(of a building member, structure, machine part, etc.) to break, bend, crush, or be otherwise destroyed or made useless because of an excessive load.
to stop functioning or operating:
The electricity failed during the storm.
verb (used with object)
to be unsuccessful in the performance or completion of:
He failed to do his duty.
(of some expected or usual resource) to prove of no use or help to:
His friends failed him. Words failed her.
to receive less than a passing grade or mark in:
He failed history.
to declare (a person) unsuccessful in a test, course of study, etc.; give less than a passing grade to:
The professor failed him in history.
Obsolete. failure as to performance, occurrence, etc.
a totally fail policy.
without fail, with certainty; positively:
I will visit you tomorrow without fail.
to be unsuccessful in an attempt (at something or to do something)
(intransitive) to stop operating or working properly: the steering failed suddenly
to judge or be judged as being below the officially accepted standard required for success in (a course, examination, etc)
(transitive) to prove disappointing, undependable, or useless to (someone)
(transitive) to neglect or be unable (to do something)
(intransitive) to prove partly or completely insufficient in quantity, duration, or extent
(intransitive) to weaken; fade away
(intransitive) to go bankrupt or become insolvent
a failure to attain the required standard, as in an examination
without fail, definitely; with certainty
(Scot) a turf; sod
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.
late 13c. (e.g. without fail), from Old French faile “deficiency,” from falir (see fail (v.)). The Anglo-French form of the verb, failer, also came to be used as a noun, hence failure.
[feyl] /feɪl/ verb (used without object) 1. to fall short of success or achievement in something expected, attempted, desired, or approved: The experiment failed because of poor planning. 2. to receive less than the passing grade or mark in an examination, class, or course of study: He failed in history. 3. to be or become […]
noun 1. a nation in which the government has lost political authority and control and is unable to fulfill the basic responsibilities of a sovereign state. noun 1. a weak state where social and political structures have collapsed to the point where the government has little or no control
[fak-choo-uh l] /ˈfæk tʃu əl/ adjective 1. of or relating to facts; concerning facts: factual accuracy. 2. based on or restricted to facts: a factual report. /ˈfæktʃʊəl/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or characterized by facts 2. of the nature of fact; real; actual adj. 1834, from fact on model of actual. Related: Factually.