Key: "S:" = Show Synset (semantic) relations, "W:" = Show Word (lexical) relations
Display options for sense: (gloss) "an example sentence"
- S: (v) fail, neglect (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"
- S: (v) fail, go wrong, miscarry (be unsuccessful) "Where do today's public schools fail?"; "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"
- S: (v) fail, betray (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"
- S: (v) fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break down (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 coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"
- S: (v) fail (be unable) "I fail to understand your motives"
- S: (v) fail (judge unacceptable) "The teacher failed six students"
- S: (v) fail, flunk, bomb, flush it (fail to get a passing grade) "She studied hard but failed nevertheless"; "Did I fail the test?"
- S: (v) fail (fall short in what is expected) "She failed in her obligations as a good daughter-in-law"; "We must not fail his obligation to the victims of the Holocaust"
- S: (v) fail (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"
- S: (v) fail, run out, give out (prove insufficient) "The water supply for the town failed after a long drought"
- S: (v) fail (get worse) "Her health is declining"