fail

verb
1 not succeed
ADVERB
dismally, miserably

I tried to cheer her up, but failed miserably.

spectacularly

She came up with several plans that failed spectacularly before finally achieving success.

never

That joke never fails.

VERB + FAIL
cannot

The song can't fail to be a hit (= will definitely be a hit).

can hardly
be bound to, be destined to, be doomed to

an enterprise that was doomed to fail from the start

PREPOSITION
in

Doctors are failing in their duty if they do not warn their patients of the dangers.

PHRASES
try and fail

Others have tried and failed.

2 fail to do sth not do sth
ADVERB
completely, totally

The authorities have totally failed to address this problem.

Fail is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑appeal, ↑approach, ↑attack, ↑attempt, ↑bid, ↑brake, ↑business, ↑campaign, ↑claim, ↑company, ↑crop, ↑diplomacy, ↑economy, ↑effort, ↑engine, ↑enterprise, ↑experiment, ↑eyesight, ↑firm, ↑gamble, ↑harvest, ↑health, ↑heart, ↑initiative, ↑light, ↑manoeuvre, ↑marriage, ↑merger, ↑mission, ↑move, ↑negotiation, ↑nerve, ↑plan, ↑rebellion, ↑referendum, ↑reform, ↑relationship, ↑revolution, ↑scheme, ↑sight, ↑signal, ↑strategy, ↑strength, ↑system, ↑tactic, ↑talk, ↑word
Fail is used with these nouns as the object: ↑A level, ↑audition, ↑class, ↑course, ↑exam, ↑examination, ↑final, ↑inspection, ↑physical, ↑practical, ↑subject, ↑task, ↑test

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