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English definition of “fail”

fail

verb (NOT SUCCEED)    /feɪl/
B2 [I] to not succeed in what you are trying to achieve or are expected to do: She moved to London in the hope of finding work as a model , but failed. This method of growing tomatoes never fails. He failed in his attempt to break the record . [+ to infinitive] She failed to reach the Wimbledon Final this year . The reluctance of either side to compromise means that the talks are doomed to (= will certainly ) fail.Failing and doing badly if all else fails if none of our plans succeed : If all else fails, we can always spend the holidays at home .Failing and doing badly
(Definition of fail verb (NOT SUCCEED) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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