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Synonyms for failfeɪl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fail, neglect(verb)

    fail to do something; leave something undone

    Synonyms:
    go, conk out, give way, overlook, flunk, bomb, betray, leave out, break down, die, omit, neglect, run out, break, overleap, flush it, drop, miscarry, miss, give out, ignore, fail, go wrong, pretermit, disregard, go bad

    Antonyms:
    come through, pass, bring home the bacon, win, negociate, carry off, deliver the goods, make it, succeed, manage, pull off, bring off

  2. fail, go wrong, miscarry(verb)

    be unsuccessful

    Synonyms:
    go, conk out, give way, flunk, bomb, betray, break down, die, neglect, run out, break, flush it, miscarry, give out, fail, go wrong, go bad

    Antonyms:
    make it, carry off, win, pass, succeed, pull off, bring home the bacon, negociate, manage, come through, bring off, deliver the goods

  3. fail, betray(verb)

    disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake

    Synonyms:
    bomb, betray, stag, conk out, deceive, fail, flunk, miscarry, sell, go bad, bewray, snitch, give way, flush it, lead astray, cheat, shit, give away, grass, neglect, break, wander, give out, shop, go, go wrong, die, run out, break down, denounce, cuckold, tell on, cheat on, rat

    Antonyms:
    deliver the goods, negociate, win, carry off, pass, bring home the bacon, come through, manage, make it, bring off, succeed, pull off

  4. fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break down(verb)

    stop operating or functioning

    Synonyms:
    peter out, function, crumble, give off, perish, break away, give way, unwrap, hold out, run, endure, lead, give out, hand out, split up, conk out, operate, dampen, travel, collapse, last, go wrong, bomb, transgress, discontinue, founder, weaken, go away, crumple, bump, discover, demote, stop, go, take apart, move, damp, ease up, rifle, separate, decompose, miscarry, split, run low, die out, cash in one's chips, dissect, smash, pause, move over, spoil, pass out, pass away, get out, drop dead, fracture, relegate, bring out, violate, reveal, divulge, part, betray, let on, blend in, run short, get around, get going, locomote, intermit, wear out, expire, lose it, check, break dance, break-dance, live, give-up the ghost, kick the bucket, breach, blend, burst, give, plump, crack, ruin, run down, fit, erupt, emit, better, flush it, belong, tumble, offend, go bad, become flat, survive, crush, get, disclose, break off, snuff it, bust, flunk, become, give away, break up, analyse, live on, interrupt, break out, croak, run out, choke, poop out, pop off, pall, sound, fall in, soften, go against, let out, come apart, neglect, extend, start, depart, kick downstairs, distribute, decease, die, pass, proceed, break down, infract, exit, conk, fail, buy the farm, bankrupt, hold up, develop, expose, break, analyze, fall apart, break in, snap off, snap, yield, work, cave in, wear, recrudesce

    Antonyms:
    carry off, come through, succeed, deliver the goods, pass, bring off, bring home the bacon, negociate, make it, manage, pull off, win

  5. fail(verb)

    be unable

    Synonyms:
    betray, die, flunk, neglect, go bad, bomb, go wrong, flush it, conk out, give way, miscarry, break, give out, go, break down, run out

    Antonyms:
    manage, make it, negociate, succeed, carry off, bring off, win, come through, pass, deliver the goods, pull off, bring home the bacon

  6. fail(verb)

    judge unacceptable

    Synonyms:
    betray, die, flunk, neglect, go bad, bomb, go wrong, flush it, conk out, give way, miscarry, break, give out, go, break down, run out

    Antonyms:
    pass, manage, succeed, bring off, deliver the goods, win, bring home the bacon, carry off, negociate, pull off, come through, make it

  7. fail, flunk, bomb, flush it(verb)

    fail to get a passing grade

    Synonyms:
    go, conk out, give way, flunk, bomb, betray, break down, die, neglect, run out, break, flush it, miscarry, give out, fail, go wrong, bombard, go bad

    Antonyms:
    negociate, deliver the goods, bring off, pass, manage, succeed, win, pull off, make it, bring home the bacon, carry off, come through

  8. fail(verb)

    fall short in what is expected

    Synonyms:
    betray, die, flunk, neglect, go bad, bomb, go wrong, flush it, conk out, give way, miscarry, break, give out, go, break down, run out

    Antonyms:
    pull off, pass, bring off, win, come through, bring home the bacon, deliver the goods, negociate, succeed, carry off, make it, manage

  9. fail(verb)

    become bankrupt or insolvent; fail financially and close

    Synonyms:
    betray, die, flunk, neglect, go bad, bomb, go wrong, flush it, conk out, give way, miscarry, break, give out, go, break down, run out

    Antonyms:
    pass, bring off, come through, win, make it, pull off, succeed, manage, carry off, deliver the goods, negociate, bring home the bacon

  10. fail, run out, give out(verb)

    prove insufficient

    Synonyms:
    go, beetle off, conk out, give way, fail, flunk, bomb, betray, peter out, break down, poop out, die, bolt, run down, neglect, run out, drain, break, bolt out, flush it, run off, pass out, miscarry, give off, give out, emit, expire, spill, go wrong, distribute, hand out, go bad

    Antonyms:
    bring home the bacon, manage, pass, carry off, negociate, succeed, win, deliver the goods, pull off, make it, bring off, come through

  11. fail(verb)

    get worse

    Synonyms:
    betray, die, flunk, neglect, go bad, bomb, go wrong, flush it, conk out, give way, miscarry, break, give out, go, break down, run out

    Antonyms:
    deliver the goods, succeed, bring home the bacon, win, manage, negociate, pull off, pass, bring off, come through, make it, carry off

Wiktionary

  1. fail(verb)

    To be unsuccessful.

    Synonyms:
    fall on ones face

    Antonyms:
    succeed

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. fail

    Synonyms:
    abandon, forfeit, give up, let go, lose, miss

    Antonyms:
    accomplish, achieve, acquire, arrive at, attain, compass, earn, gain, get, grasp, master, obtain, procure, reach, secure, win

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. fail(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    fall short, come short, be insufficient, be deficient, be wanting

  2. fail(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    decline, sink, decay, wane, fade, give out

  3. fail(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    cease, disappear, become extinct, be wanting

  4. fail(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    miss, miscarry, be unsuccessful, be frustrated, end in smoke, come to nothing, fall still-born, flash in the pan, miss fire, miss stays, fall to the ground

  5. fail(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    omit, neglect

  6. fail(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    break, become insolvent, become bankrupt, suspend payment

  7. fail(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    disappoint, be wanting to, not be sufficient for, not answer the expectation of

  8. fail(n.)

    Synonyms:
    [Used only in the expression without fail.] omission, neglect, failure, delinquency

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

failure, fails, failed, disappoint, not, miss


Translations for fail

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • أخفقArabic
  • не успявам, не работя, провалям се, отказвам, не сполучвамBulgarian
  • fracassarCatalan, Valencian
  • propadnout, fungovat, selhávat, selhat, nechat, přestatCzech
  • svigte, forsømme, mislykkes, dumpe, fejle, undlade, slå fejlDanish
  • missglücken, ohne Erfolg bleiben, scheitern, nicht gelingen, keinen Erfolg haben, versagenGerman
  • fracasar, zozobrar, negar, pararse, fallarSpanish
  • nurjuma, seiskuma, edutuEstonian
  • تصورکردن, شکست خوردن, موفق نشدن, خراب شدنPersian
  • rikkoa, pysähtyä, vikautua, ei, epäonnistua, vikaantua, pysäyttää, vioittaa, mennä rikkiFinnish
  • tomber en panne, faillir, recaler, négliger, échouerFrench
  • meathIrish
  • fàilligScottish Gaelic
  • gagalIndonesian
  • ignorare, omettere, mancare l'obiettivo, fallire, tralasciare, bocciare, negligere, mancareItalian
  • 矢敗するJapanese
  • жол болбоо, иш ордунан чыкпай калууKyrgyz
  • desumLatin
  • paheke, takaMāori
  • falen, mankeren, negeren, mislukken, buizenDutch
  • mislykkes, feile, svikteNorwegian
  • reprovar, pifar, deixar de, falhar, fracassarPortuguese
  • a rata, a strica, a se stricaRomanian
  • выходить из строя, терпеть неудачу, провалиться, провалить, не справитьсяRussian
  • mankera, misslyckas, falleraSwedish

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