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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fail  \Fail\v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Failed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Failing}.]  [F.  failir  fr  L.  fallere,  falsum  to  deceive, 
  akin  to  E.  fall.  See  {Fail},  and  cf  {Fallacy},  {False}, 
  {Fault}.] 
  1.  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 
 
  As  the  waters  fail  from  the  sea.  --Job  xiv.  11. 
 
  Till  Lionel's  issue  fails  his  should  not  reign. 
  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  be  affected  with  want  to  come  short;  to  lack;  to  be 
  deficient  or  unprovided;  --  used  with  of 
 
  If  ever  they  fail  of  beauty,  this  failure  is  not  be 
  attributed  to  their  size.  --Berke. 
 
  3.  To  fall  away  to  become  diminished;  to  decline  to  decay; 
  to  sink. 
 
  When  earnestly  they  seek  Such  proof,  conclude  they 
  then  begin  to  fail  --Milton. 
 
  4.  To  deteriorate  in  respect  to  vigor,  activity,  resources, 
  etc.;  to  become  weaker;  as  a  sick  man  fails 
 
  5.  To  perish;  to  die;  --  used  of  a  person.  [Obs.] 
 
  Had  the  king  in  his  last  sickness  failed.  --Shak. 
 
  6.  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. 
 
  Take  heed  now  that  ye  fail  not  to  do  this  --Ezra 
  iv  22. 
 
  Either  my  eyesight  fails  or  thou  look'st  pale. 
  --Shak. 
 
  7.  To  come  short  of  a  result  or  object  aimed  at  or  desired; 
  to  be  baffled  or  frusrated. 
 
  Our  envious  foe  hath  failed.  --Milton. 
 
  8.  To  err  in  judgment;  to  be  mistaken. 
 
  Which  ofttimes  may  succeed,  so  as  perhaps  Shall 
  grieve  him  if  I  fail  not  --Milton. 
 
  9.  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fail  \Fail\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  be  wanting  to  to  be  insufficient  for  to  disappoint; 
  to  desert. 
 
  There  shall  not  fail  thee  a  man  on  the  throne.  --1 
  Kings  ii  4. 
 
  2.  To  miss  of  attaining;  to  lose.  [R.] 
 
  Though  that  seat  of  earthly  bliss  be  failed. 
  --Milton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fail  \Fail\,  n.  [OF.  faille,  from  failir  See  {Fail},  v.  i.] 
  1.  Miscarriage;  failure;  deficiency;  fault;  --  mostly 
  superseded  by  failure  or  failing,  except  in  the  phrase 
  without  fail  ``His  highness'  fail  of  issue.''  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Death;  decease.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fail 
  v  1:  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"  [syn:  {neglect}] 
  2:  be  unsuccessful;  "Where  do  today's  public  schools  fail?"; 
  "The  attempt  tp  rescue  the  hostages  failed  miserably" 
  [syn:  {go  wrong},  {miscarry}]  [ant:  {succeed}] 
  3:  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"  [syn:  {betray}] 
  4:  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  coffe  maker  broke";  "The 
  engine  failed  on  the  way  to  town"  [syn:  {give  way},  {die}, 
  {give  out},  {conk  out},  {go},  {break},  {break  down}] 
  5:  be  unable;  "I  fail  to  understand  your  motives"  [ant:  {pull 
  off}] 
  6:  judge  unacceptable;  "The  teacher  failed  six  students"  [ant: 
  {pass}] 
  7:  fail  to  get  a  passing  grade;  "She  studied  hard  but  failed 
  nevertheless";  "Did  I  fail  the  test?"  [syn:  {flunk},  {bomb}, 
  {flush  it}]  [ant:  {pass}] 
  8:  fall  short  in  what  is  expected;  "She  failed  in  her 
  obligations  as  a  good  daughter-in-law" 
  9:  become  bankrupt  or  insolvent;  fail  financially  and  close 
  "The  toy  company  went  bankrupt  after  the  competition  hired 
  cheap  Mexican  labor";  "A  number  of  banks  failed  that  year" 
  10:  prove  insufficient;  "The  water  supply  for  the  town  failed 
  after  a  long  drought"  [syn:  {run  out},  {give  out}] 
  11:  get  worse;  "Her  health  is  declining" 




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