Translation of "fail" - English-German dictionary


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

The brakes failed.

to be insufficient or not enough

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

I shall do it tomorrow without fail.

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