Translation of "fail" - English-French dictionary


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)

The examiner failed half the class.

to disappoint

manquer (à)
They did not fail him in their support.
failing noun

a fault or weakness

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

He felt he was a failure.

inability, refusal etc to do something

I was disappointed by his failure to reply.
without fail

definitely or certainly

sans faute
I shall do it tomorrow without fail.

(Translation of “fail” from the PASSWORD English–French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)