Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

German translation of “fail”

See all translations

fail

verb /feil/
to be unsuccessful (in); not to manage (to do something)
versagen, versäumen
They failed in their attempt I failed my exam I failed to post the letter.
to break down or cease to work
versagen
The brakes failed.
to be insufficient or not enough
verlassen
His courage failed (him).
(in a test, examination etc) to reject (a candidate)
durchfallen (lassen)
The examiner failed half the class.
to disappoint
im Stich lassen
They did not fail him in their support.
failing noun a fault or weakness
der Fehler
He may have his failings, but he has always treated his children well.
failure /-jə/ noun the state or act of failing
das Versagen
She was upset by her failure in the exam the failure of the electricity supply.
an unsuccessful person or thing
der Versager
He felt he was a failure.
inability, refusal etc to do something
das Versäumnis
I was disappointed by his failure to reply.
without fail definitely or certainly
unbedingt
I shall do it tomorrow without fail.
(Definition of fail from the Password English-German Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “fail” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

luck

the force that causes things, especially good things, to happen to you by chance and not as a result of your own efforts or abilities

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More