Synonyms for fail

Grammar : Verb
Spell : feyl
Phonetic Transcription : feɪl

Top 10 synonyms for fail Other synonyms for the word fail

Définition of fail

Origin :
  • early 13c., from Old French falir (11c., Modern French faillir) "be lacking, miss, not succeed," from Vulgar Latin *fallire, from Latin fallere "to trip, cause to fall;" figuratively "to deceive, trick, dupe, cheat, elude; fail, be lacking or defective." Related: Failed; failing. Replaced Old English abreoðan.
  • verb be unsuccessful
  • verb abandon, forsake
  • verb lose money
Example sentences :
  • To my mind, under the conditions I have referred to, such could not fail to be the case.
  • Extract from : « 'Tis Sixty Years Since » by Charles Francis Adams
  • If we fail, there must be a retreat westwards at least seventy miles.
  • Extract from : « Explorations in Australia » by John Forrest
  • God helping me, I will not fail them, if they will but counsel and sustain me!
  • Extract from : « United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches » by Various
  • If an increase of power was needed to secure this, they would not fail to ask it.
  • Extract from : « The Grand Old Man » by Richard B. Cook
  • He touched her hand with his lips and said gravely: "I will not fail your trust."
  • Extract from : « Viviette » by William J. Locke
  • It is expressed in conduct, of course; but conduct may fail while the attitude can remain constant.
  • Extract from : « The Conquest of Fear » by Basil King
  • Being part of the system of Mammon it could do nothing else than fail.
  • Extract from : « The Conquest of Fear » by Basil King
  • Since we cannot reach thousands, shall we fail to reach one?
  • Extract from : « Ester Ried Yet Speaking » by Isabella Alden
  • What man would be so caitiff and thrall as to fail you at your need?
  • Extract from : « The White Company » by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Athenian generals did not fail to take advantage of this negligence.
  • Extract from : « Stories from Thucydides » by H. L. Havell

Antonyms for fail

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