Textual thesaurus for "fail"

(verb) break, break down, die, conk out, go, go bad, give out, give way

stop operating or functioning

The engine finally went; The car died on the road; The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town; The coffee maker broke; The engine failed on the way to town; her eyesight went after the accident

(verb) run out, give out

prove insufficient

The water supply for the town failed after a long drought

(verb) betray

disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake

His sense of smell failed him this time; His strength finally failed him; His children failed him in the crisis

(verb) flunk, flush it, bomb

fail to get a passing grade

She studied hard but failed nevertheless; Did I fail the test?

(verb) miscarry, go wrong

be unsuccessful

Where do today's public schools fail?; The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably

(verb) neglect

fail to do something; leave something undone

She failed to notice that her child was no longer in his crib; The secretary failed to call the customer and the company lost the account