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French translation of “fail”

fail

verb /feil/
to be unsuccessful (in); not to manage (to do something)
échouer (à)
They failed in their attempt I failed my exam I failed to post the letter.
to break down or cease to work
tomber en panne
The brakes failed.
to be insufficient or not enough
manquer (à)
His courage failed (him).
(in a test, examination etc) to reject (a candidate)
recaler
The examiner failed half the class.
to disappoint
manquer (à)
They did not fail him in their support.
failing noun a fault or weakness
défaut
He may have his failings, but he has always treated his children well.
failure /-jə/ noun the state or act of failing
échec; panne
She was upset by her failure in the exam the failure of the electricity supply.
an unsuccessful person or thing
raté/-ée
He felt he was a failure.
inability, refusal etc to do something
incapacité
I was disappointed by his failure to reply.
without fail definitely or certainly
sans faute
I shall do it tomorrow without fail.
(Definition of fail from the Password English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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