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Let us go forward in this battle fortified by conviction that those who labour in the service of a great and good cause will never fail.
Owen Arthur

Meaning of "fail" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD FAIL

From Old French faillir, ultimately from Latin fallere to disappoint; probably related to Greek phēlos deceitful.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF FAIL

fail  [feɪl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF FAIL

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Fail is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb fail in English.

WHAT DOES FAIL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

fail

Failure

Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic engineering.

Definition of fail in the English dictionary

The first definition of fail in the dictionary is to be unsuccessful in an attempt. Other definition of fail is to stop operating or working properly. Fail is also to judge or be judged as being below the officially accepted standard required for success in.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO FAIL

PRESENT

Present
I fail
you fail
he/she/it fails
we fail
you fail
they fail
Present continuous
I am failing
you are failing
he/she/it is failing
we are failing
you are failing
they are failing
Present perfect
I have failed
you have failed
he/she/it has failed
we have failed
you have failed
they have failed
Present perfect continuous
I have been failing
you have been failing
he/she/it has been failing
we have been failing
you have been failing
they have been failing
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I failed
you failed
he/she/it failed
we failed
you failed
they failed
Past continuous
I was failing
you were failing
he/she/it was failing
we were failing
you were failing
they were failing
Past perfect
I had failed
you had failed
he/she/it had failed
we had failed
you had failed
they had failed
Past perfect continuous
I had been failing
you had been failing
he/she/it had been failing
we had been failing
you had been failing
they had been failing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will fail
you will fail
he/she/it will fail
we will fail
you will fail
they will fail
Future continuous
I will be failing
you will be failing
he/she/it will be failing
we will be failing
you will be failing
they will be failing
Future perfect
I will have failed
you will have failed
he/she/it will have failed
we will have failed
you will have failed
they will have failed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been failing
you will have been failing
he/she/it will have been failing
we will have been failing
you will have been failing
they will have been failing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would fail
you would fail
he/she/it would fail
we would fail
you would fail
they would fail
Conditional continuous
I would be failing
you would be failing
he/she/it would be failing
we would be failing
you would be failing
they would be failing
Conditional perfect
I would have fail
you would have fail
he/she/it would have fail
we would have fail
you would have fail
they would have fail
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been failing
you would have been failing
he/she/it would have been failing
we would have been failing
you would have been failing
they would have been failing
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you fail
we let´s fail
you fail
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to fail
Past participle
failed
Present Participle
failing
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH FAIL


ale
eɪl
cocktail
ˈkɒkˌteɪl
dale
deɪl
detail
ˈdiːteɪl
e-mail
ˈiːmeɪl
female
ˈfiːmeɪl
jail
dʒeɪl
mail
meɪl
male
meɪl
nail
neɪl
retail
ˈriːteɪl
sale
seɪl
scale
skeɪl
tail
teɪl
tale
teɪl
thumbnail
ˈθʌmˌneɪl
trail
treɪl
travail
ˈtræveɪl
vale
veɪl
wholesale
ˈhəʊlˌseɪl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE FAIL

faik
fail-safe
failed
failed state
failing
faille
failure
fain
faineance
faineancy
faineantise
fainites
fainly
fainness
fains
faint
faint-hearted
faint-ruled paper
fainter
faintheartedly

WORDS THAT END LIKE FAIL

Abigail
ail
avail
bail
get out of jail
go into detail
Grail
hail
Holy Grail
in detail
nose to tail
on the nail
ponytail
prevail
rail
Royal Mail
sail
snail
vail
webmail

Synonyms and antonyms of fail in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «FAIL»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «fail» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of fail

Translation of «fail» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF FAIL

Find out the translation of fail to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of fail from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «fail» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

失败
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

no + infinitivo
570 millions of speakers

English

fail
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

असफल
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يَفْشَلُ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

потерпеть неудачу
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

falhar
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ব্যর্থ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

échouer
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Gagal
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

scheitern
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

失敗する
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

실패하다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Gagal
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

thất bại
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தோல்வியடையும்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

अपयशी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

başarısız
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

fallire
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

zawieść
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

зазнавати невдачі
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a eșua
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αποτυγχάνω
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

versuim
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

misslyckas
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

mislykkes
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of fail

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «FAIL»

The term «fail» is very widely used and occupies the 3.630 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «FAIL» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about fail

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10 QUOTES WITH «FAIL»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word fail.
1
Owen Arthur
Let us go forward in this battle fortified by conviction that those who labour in the service of a great and good cause will never fail.
2
Robert Baden-Powell
We never fail when we try to do our duty, we always fail when we neglect to do it.
3
Mark Burnett
My mantra is: Realize you're going to fail all the time, and accept it. That doesn't mean I'm not frightened of it.
4
Alonzo Church
The only thing that might have annoyed some mathematicians was the presumption of assuming that maybe the axiom of choice could fail, and that we should look into contrary assumptions.
5
Bram Cohen
Despite my emphasis on technology, I do not view laws as inherently evil. My goals are political ones, even if my techniques are not. The only way to fundamentally succeed is by changing existing laws. If I rejected all help from the political arena I would inevitably fail.
6
Francis Ford Coppola
I think it's better to be overly ambitious and fail than to be underambitious and succeed in a mundane way. I have been very fortunate. I failed upward in my life!
7
Brady Corbet
I'm really bad at tests of any kind, so I'm bad at auditions. I consider myself educated most of the time, but when I'm under the gun, I just fail.
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Mick Cornett
I believe in infrastructure, I believe in investing in your hard assets. Where I think government starts to fail is when it starts getting itself weighed down with the social programs. And I think the American public just feels like a lot of that money is tossed aside and wasted.
9
Ronnie James Dio
The best subjects are always people, who never fail to amaze me by their unpredictability.
10
Rita Dove
Under adversity, under oppression, the words begin to fail, the easy words begin to fail. In order to convey things accurately, the human being is almost forced to find the most precise words possible, which is a precondition for literature.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «FAIL»

Discover the use of fail in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to fail and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Epic Fail
But in this hilarious tale of fitting in and flirting, not all snubs are undeserved, not all celebrity brats are bratty, and pride and prejudice can get in the way of true love for only so long.
Claire LaZebnik, 2011
2
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
An award-winning professor of economics at MIT and a Harvard University political scientist and economist evaluate the reasons that some nations are poor while others succeed, outlining provocative perspectives that support theories about ...
Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson, 2013
3
Too Big to Fail: Inside the Battle to Save Wall Street
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BBC SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE 2010 They were masters of the financial universe, flying in private jets and raking in billions. They thought they were too big to fail. Yet they would bring the world to its knees.
Andrew Ross Sorkin, 2010
4
The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great ...
Examines how companies can create a balance between marketing cutting-edge technology and anticipating customer demand
Clayton M. Christensen, 1997
5
Without Fail
A covert group of assassins has the Vice President of the United States in their sights. They've planned well. There's just one thing they didn't plan on: Jack Reacher.
Lee Child, 2008
6
How Children Fail
Drawing from his experiences as an elementary school teacher, the author discusses ways in which today's schools inhibit the child's personality development and learning potentials
John Caldwell Holt, 1995
7
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but ...
This is the “prediction paradox”: The more humility we have about our ability to make predictions, the more successful we can be in planning for the future.
Nate Silver, 2012
8
Why Boys Fail: Saving Our Sons from an Educational System ...
This is eye-opening reading for parents and educators alike. Richard Whitmire is a former editorial writer for USA Today and president of the National Educational Writers Association.
‎2011
9
Why CEOs Fail: The 11 Behaviors That Can Derail Your Climb ...
In Why CEOs Fail, David L. Dotlich and Peter C. Cairo describe the most common characteristics of derailed top executives and how you can avoid them: Arrogance—you think that you're right, and everyone else is wrong.
David L. Dotlich, Peter C. Cairo, 2007
10
Fail Safe
As more countries develop nuclear capabilities and the potential for new enemies lurks on the horizon, Fail-Safe and its powerful issues continue to respond.
Eugene Burdick, Harvey Wheeler, 1999

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «FAIL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term fail is used in the context of the following news items.
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Congealed Tipp-Ex to odour of gym – Russia's cheese fakers fail the …
Congealed Tipp-Ex to odour of gym – Russia's cheese fakers fail the taste test. Starved of imported cheese thanks to Moscow's counter ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
2
Memo to China: Your Market Moves Are Doomed to Fail
In your head, you should suspect it will fail. There's something poignantly human about every attempt to make markets behave as we all wish ... «Wall Street Journal, Jul 15»
3
When franchises fail: Saying goodbye to 2005's not-so-Fantastic Four
Franchises sometimes fail. 2006's Superman Returns sputtered, which led to the 2013 reboot Man of Steel. 2011's ridiculous Green Lantern ... «The Week Magazine, Jul 15»
4
Theme Park Fail Video You'll Never Go On Another Ride After …
The smiling faces of this mother and son got wiped away real quick after this near death joy ride when a cable snapped. Luckily for these two ... «TMZ.com, Jul 15»
5
Jurassic Park's Single Biggest Special Effects Fail
Chances are, you have enjoyed the work of the special effects wizards at Legacy Effects. In fact, if you watched either Jurassic World or ... «Cinema Blend, Jul 15»
6
Asia's Women Crack Glass Ceiling, But Fail to Break Through
Asia's women are taking one step forward, two steps back when it comes to gender equality. Family structures and entrenched notions of what ... «Bloomberg, Jul 15»
7
Allow young the freedom to fail, says start-up founder in SCMP debate
"Let's get into a feel-good mentality, give more space and more opportunities and not just calculate how many will fail ... if they feel better, they ... «South China Morning Post, Jul 15»
8
Al-Hilal fail to lift spectator ban for AFC quarter-final
REUTERS: Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal have failed in their bid to get a spectator banned overturned for the home leg of their AFC Champions ... «Channel News Asia, Jul 15»
9
Multi-million dollar defender Danilo bagged for juggling fail
How much should a club pay for a defender who can't even juggle? That's the question sceptical Real Madrid fans are asking after $50 million ... «SBS - The World Game, Jul 15»
10
Watch: 'Hunger Games' stars attempt 'Mockingjay' whistle; fail
The Mockingjay whistle, aka Rue's four-note song, seems like an easy tune to carry, right? Well, not so much for the stars of Hunger Games: ... «USA TODAY, Jul 15»

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