Translation of "fail" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary


verb uk /feɪl/ us /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. 她搬到伦敦,希望找做模特的工作,但没找到。
This method of growing tomatoes never fails. 这种种植西红柿的方法屡试不爽。
He failed in his attempt to break the record. 他未能打破纪录。
[ + to infinitive ] She failed to reach the Wimbledon Final this year. 今年她未能进入温布尔登网球赛决赛。
The reluctance of either side to compromise means that the talks are doomed to (= will certainly) fail. 双方均不愿让步意味着会谈注定要失败。
if all else fails

if none of our plans succeed

If all else fails, we can always stay in and watch TV.

A2 [ I or T ] to be unsuccessful, or to judge that someone has been unsuccessful, in a test or exam

UK I passed in history but failed in chemistry. 我通过了历史考试,但化学考试没及格。
US I passed history but failed chemistry.
A lot of people fail their driving test the first time. 许多人首次驾驶执照考试都通不过。
She was sure she was going to fail.
The examiners failed him because he hadn't answered enough questions. 主考人给了他不及格,因为他没有答够规定的题数。

B2 [ I ] to not do something that you should do

[ + to infinitive ] He failed to arrive on time. 他未能准时到达。
The staff had been promised a rise, but the money failed to (= did not) materialize.
You couldn't fail to be (= it is impossible that you would not be) affected by the movie. 你不可能不被这部影片打动。
I'd be failing in my duty if I didn't tell you about the risks involved in the project. 我如果不把这个项目涉及的风险告诉你,就是失职
fail to see/understand

C2 used when you do not accept something

I fail to see why you can't work on a Saturday. 我不懂为什么你星期六不能工作。

B2 [ I ] to become weaker or stop working completely

If my eyesight fails, I'll have to stop doing this job. 如果视力衰退,我就得放弃这份工作。
The brakes failed and the car crashed into a tree. 刹车失灵,汽车撞到了树上。
After talking non-stop for two hours, her voice started to fail. 滔滔不绝地讲了两个钟头之后,她的声音开始嘶哑了。
The old man was failing fast (= he was dying). 老人奄奄一息。

[ I ] If a business fails, it is unable to continue because of money problems.


[ T ] to not help someone when you are expected to do so

He failed her in her moment of need. 她最需要他的时候,他却辜负了她。
When I looked down and saw how far I had to jump, my courage failed me (= I felt very frightened). 当我往下看,看到自己要跳多远时,就泄了气。
noun [ C ] uk /feɪl/ us /feɪl/

UK an unsuccessful result in a course, test, or exam

John got three passes and four fails in his exams. 约翰考试3门及格,4门不及格。

informal something that has been done very badly or gone completely wrong; a failure:

My pancakes were an epic fail (= completely unsuccessful).
The software crashes every time I open an email. What a fail.
without fail

If you do something without fail, you always do it.

I go to the gym every Monday and Wednesday, without fail. 我每周一和周三必定去健身房。

used to tell someone that they must do something

Be there at nine o'clock, without fail. 9点钟务必到那里。

(Translation of “fail” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)