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Third person singular
- (transitive): To not achieve a particular goal. (Usage note: The direct object of this word is usually an infinitive)
- The engine failed to start.
- (transitive): To be negligent in one's duty.
- The report fails to take into account all the mitigating factors.
- (intransitive): To be unsuccessful in academic pursuits.
- I failed in English last year.
- (intransitive), of a machine, etc.: To cease to operate correctly.
- After running five minutes, the engine failed.
- (transitive): To give a student a non-passing grade, thereby causing the student to fail (3) a class, or other academic endeavour.
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Often written in capital letters as “FAIL”.
- Epic Win: Goodbye, schadenfreude; hello, fail, by Christopher Beam
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