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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)
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