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fail
n. used as a noun in the phrase "without fail" which means "definitely" or "with certainty"
Verbs (12)
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fail
v. 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"
fail
v. judge unacceptable; "The teacher failed six students"
fail
v. get worse; "Her health is declining"
fail, neglect
v. 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"
fail, go wrong, miscarry
v. be unsuccessful; "Where do today's public schools fail?"; "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"
fail, flunk, bomb, flush it
v. fail to get a passing grade; "She studied hard but failed nevertheless"; "Did I fail the test?"
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Fuzzynyms (98)
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dissatisfy
v. fail to satisfy
bend, flex
v. form a curve; "The stick does not bend"
fold, fold up
v. become folded or folded up; "The bed folds in a jiffy"
crash
v. fall or come down violently; "The branch crashed down on my car"; "The plane crashed in the sea"
crash, go down
v. stop operating; "My computer crashed last night"; "The system goes down at least once a week"
crumble, crumple, tumble, break down, collapse
v. fall apart; "the building crumbled after the explosion"; "Negotiations broke down"
fall
v. move in a specified direction; "The line of men fall forward"
decrease, diminish, lessen, fall
v. decrease in size, extent, or range; "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper"
fall
v. be cast down; "his eyes fell"
pry, prise, prize, lever, jimmy
v. to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open; "The burglar jimmied the lock": "Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail"
break
v. crack; of the male voice in puberty; "his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir"
interrupt, break
v. terminate; "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky streak"; "break the cycle of poverty"
break
v. weaken or destroy in spirit or body; "His resistance was broken"; "a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death"
dampen, deaden, damp
v. make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible; "muffle the message"
drop
v. fall or sink into a state of exhaustion or death; "shop til you drop"
dwindle, dwindle away, dwindle down
v. become smaller or lose substance; "Her savings dwindled down"
pine away, waste, languish
v. lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief; "After her husband died, she just pined away"
languish, fade
v. become feeble; "The prisoner has be languishing for years in the dungeon"
sink, drop, drop down
v. fall or descend to a lower place or level; "He sank to his knees"
weaken
v. lessen the strength of; "The fever weakened his body"
slump, slide down, sink
v. fall or sink heavily; "He slumped onto the couch"; "My spirits sank"
decline, go down, wane
v. grow smaller; "Interest in the project waned"
fade, wither
v. lose freshness, vigor, or vitality; "Her bloom was fading"
wane
v. decrease in phase; "the moon is waning"
wane, decrease in phase
v. of the moon
crash
v. fall or come down violently; "The branch crashed down on my car"; "The plane crashed in the sea"
bumble, stutter, stammer, falter
v. speak haltingly; "The speaker faltered when he saw his opponent enter the room"
stumble, falter, bumble
v. walk unsteadily; "The drunk man stumbled about"
flounder
v. behave awkwardly; have difficulties; "She is floundering in college"
stagger, flounder
v. walk with great difficulty; "He staggered along in the heavy snow"
misfire
v. fail to fire or detonate; "The guns misfired"
worsen, decline
v. grow worse; "Conditions in the slum worsened"
drop
v. fall or sink into a state of exhaustion or death; "shop til you drop"
waste, waste away, diminish
v. become diminished
taper
v. diminish gradually; "Interested tapered off"
shrink, shrivel
v. decrease in size, range, or extent; "His earnings shrank"; "My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me"
decline, go down, wane
v. grow smaller; "Interest in the project waned"
dwindle, dwindle away, dwindle down
v. become smaller or lose substance; "Her savings dwindled down"
deteriorate
v. become worse or disintegrate; "His mind deteriorated"
languish, fade
v. become feeble; "The prisoner has be languishing for years in the dungeon"
stop, halt, block, kibosh
v. stop from happening or developing; "Block his election"; "Halt the process"
decline
v. go down; "The roof declines here"
taper off, peter out, fizzle out, fizzle
v. end weakly; "The music just petered out--there was no proper ending"
fall through, fall flat, founder, flop
v. fail utterly; collapse; "The project foundered"
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Antonyms (44)
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pass
v. accept or judge as acceptable; "The teacher passed the student although he was weak"
stay, remain, rest
v. stay the same; remain in a certain state; "The dress remained wet after repeated attempts to dry it"; "rest assured"; "stay alone"; "He remained unmoved by her tears"; "The bad weather continued for another week"
complete, finish
v. come or bring to a finish or an end; "He finished the dishes"; "She completed the requirements for her Master's Degree"; "The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours; others finished in over 4 hours"
gain, put on
v. increase (one's body weight); "She gained 20 pounds when she stopped exercising"
succeed, win, come through, bring home the bacon, deliver the goods
v. attain success or reach a desired goal; "The enterprise succeeded"; "We succeeded in getting tickets to the show"; "she struggled to overcome her handicap and won"
achieve, accomplish, attain, reach
v. to gain with effort; "she achieved her goal despite setbacks"
arrive, make it, get in, go far
v. succeed in a big way; get to the top; "After he published his book, he had arrived"; "I don't know whether I can make it in science!"; "You will go far, my boy!"
pull off, negociate, bring off, carry off, manage
v. be successful; achieve a goal; "She succeeded in persuading us all"; "I managed to carry the box upstairs"; "She pulled it off, even though we never thought her capable of it"; "The pianist negociated the difficult runs"
better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorate
v. to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"
please
v. give satisfaction; "The waiters around her aim to please"
perform
v. perform a function; "Who will perform the wedding?"
better, improve, ameliorate, meliorate
v. get better; "The weather improved toward evening"
pass, make it
v. go successfully through a test or a selection process; "She passed the new Jersey Bar Exam and can practice law now"
succeed, win, come through, bring home the bacon, deliver the goods
v. attain success or reach a desired goal; "The enterprise succeeded"; "We succeeded in getting tickets to the show"; "she struggled to overcome her handicap and won"
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