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Etymology 1

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Verb

Infinitive
to fail

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to fail (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive): To not achieve a particular goal. (Usage note: The direct object of this word is usually an infinitive)
    The engine failed to start.
  2. (transitive): To be negligent in one's duty.
    The report fails to take into account all the mitigating factors.
  3. (intransitive): To be unsuccessful in academic pursuits.
    I failed in English last year.
  4. (intransitive), of a machine, etc.: To cease to operate correctly.
    After running five minutes, the engine failed.
  5. (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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Derived terms

Noun

Singular
fail

Plural
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  1. a failure, especially of a financial transaction
  2. a failing grade in an academic examination

Etymology 2

Engrish mistranslation from Japanese, in 1998 video game Blazing Star, in the form “You fail it! Your skill is not enough, see you next time, bye-bye!”

Interjection

fail

  1. (Internet slang) holophrastic expression to convey derision or schadenfreude.
Usage notes

Often written in capital letters as “FAIL”.

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