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Definition of fail:

  1. Death; decease.
  2. Miscarriage; failure; deficiency; fault; - mostly superseded by failure or failing, except in the phrase without fail.
  3. To be affected with want; to come short; to lack; to be deficient or unprovided; - used with of.
  4. To be found wanting with respect to an action or a duty to be performed, a result to be secured, etc.; to miss; not to fulfill expectation.
  5. To be wanting to ; to be insufficient for; to disappoint; to desert.
  6. To be wanting; to fall short; to be or become deficient in any measure or degree up to total absence; to cease to be furnished in the usual or expected manner, or to be altogether cut off from supply; to be lacking; as, streams fail; crops fail.
  7. 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.
  8. To come short of a result or object aimed at or desired ; to be baffled or frusrated.
  9. To deteriorate in respect to vigor, activity, resources, etc.; to become weaker; as, a sick man fails.
  10. To err in judgment; to be mistaken.
  11. To fall away; to become diminished; to decline; to decay; to sink.
  12. To miss of attaining; to lose.
  13. To perish; to die; - used of a person.

Synonyms:

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