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Spanish translation of “fail”

fail

verb /feil/
to be unsuccessful (in); not to manage (to do something)
fracasar
They failed in their attempt I failed my exam I failed to post the letter.
to break down or cease to work
fallar
The brakes failed.
to be insufficient or not enough
fallar, faltar
His courage failed (him).
(in a test, examination etc) to reject (a candidate)
suspender
The examiner failed half the class.
to disappoint
fallar, decepcionar
They did not fail him in their support.
failing noun a fault or weakness
defecto, fallo, punto débil
He may have his failings, but he has always treated his children well.
failure /-jə/ noun the state or act of failing
fracaso, suspenso, corte
She was upset by her failure in the exam the failure of the electricity supply.
an unsuccessful person or thing
fracasado
He felt he was a failure.
inability, refusal etc to do something
incapacidad
I was disappointed by his failure to reply.
without fail definitely or certainly
sin falta
I shall do it tomorrow without fail.
(Definition of fail from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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