Synonyms and Antonyms of fail
1 to stop functioning <my video camera failed just as I was about to shoot the big moment> Synonyms break, break down, conk (out), crash, cut out, die, give out, stall Related Words fizzle, sputter, wheeze; act up, malfunction; jam Antonyms start (up)
2 to be unsuccessful <despite all the publicity, the movie failed miserably at the box office> Synonyms bomb, collapse, crater, flame out, flop, flunk, fold, founder, miss, strike out, tank, wash out Related Words flounder, struggle; decline, sink, skid, slip, slump, wane; crash, crumble, miscarry, misfire; go under; implode, self-destruct Phrases come a cropper, come to grief, come up empty, die on the vine, fall flat, fall on one's face, fall short, lay an egg Near Antonyms cook, flourish, prosper, thrive; prevail, triumph, win Antonyms click, come off, deliver, go, go over, pan out, succeed, work out
3 to fall short in satisfying the expectation or hope of <although the minor-league franchise continues to fail local fans, hope springs eternal> Synonyms cheat, dissatisfy, disappoint, let downRelated Words bum (out), chagrin, discontent, disgruntle, displease, distress, upset; disenchant, disillusion; deceive, delude, mockNear Antonyms fulfill (or fulfil); gladdenAntonyms content, gratify, satisfy
4 to lose bodily strength or vigor <ever since she reached the age of 90, Grandma has been noticeably failing> Synonyms decay, droop, emaciate, fade, weaken, flag, go, lag, languish, sag, sink, waste (away), wilt, witherRelated Words break down, wear out; yield; degenerate, deteriorate, rot, run downNear Antonyms convalesce, rally, rebound, recover, recuperate; gain
5 to miss the opportunity or obligation <failed to mention that he had already been paid for the job by the homeowner's wife> Synonyms neglect, forget, omitRelated Words disregard, ignore, overlook, overpass, pass over, pretermit, slight; slide, slip; default; skipNear Antonyms heed, mind, remember; keep, observe; carry out, do, execute, perform, practice (also practise); discharge, fulfill (or fulfil), meet, satisfy; comply (with)
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