- (slang, US) That is a failure.
- (slang, US) A failure (something incapable of success)
- (slang) A failure (condition of being unsuccessful)
- A failing grade in an academic examination.
- (uncountable) (slang) Poor quality; substandard workmanship.
"The project was full of fail."
- A failure, especially of a financial transaction (a termination of an action).
- A piece of turf cut from grassland.
- To be wanting; to fall short; to be or become deficient in any measure or degree up to total absence.
"The crops failed last year."
- (archaic) To deteriorate in respect to vigour, activity, resources, etc.; to become weaker.
"A sick man fails."
- To become unable to meet one's engagements; especially, to be unable to pay one's debts or discharge one's business obligation; to become bankrupt or insolvent.
- (transitive) Not to achieve a particular stated goal. (Usage note: The direct object of this word is usually an infinitive.)
"The truck failed to start."
- (transitive) To be wanting to, to be insufficient for, to disappoint, to desert.
- (transitive, obsolete) To miss attaining; to lose.
- (archaic) To fall away; to become diminished; to decline; to decay; to sink.
- (obsolete) To err in judgment; to be mistaken.
- (intransitive) To be unsuccessful.
"Throughout my life, I have always failed."
- (intransitive, of a machine, etc.) To cease to operate correctly.
"After running five minutes, the engine failed."
- (transitive) To give a student a non-passing grade in an academic endeavour.
"The professor failed me because I did not complete any of the course assignments."
- (archaic) To be affected with want; to come short; to lack; to be deficient or unprovided; used with of.
- (obsolete) To perish; to die; used of a person.
- (transitive) To neglect.
"The report fails to take into account all the mitigating factors."
- (intransitive) To receive one or more non-passing grades in academic pursuits.
"I failed in English last year."