words fail someone

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of words fail someone

used to say that a person does not know what to say
  • He wanted to express his appreciation for all they had done, but words failed him.

Word by Word Definitions

word play words
  1. : a speech sound or series of speech sounds that symbolizes and communicates a meaning usually without being divisible into smaller units capable of independent use

  2. : the entire set of linguistic forms produced by combining a single base with various inflectional elements without change in the part of speech elements

  3. : a written or printed character or combination of characters representing a spoken word

  1. : to express in words : phrase

  2. : speak

fail play
  1. : to lose strength : weaken

  2. : to fade or die away

  3. : to stop functioning normally

  1. : failure

  2. : a failure (as by a security dealer) to deliver or receive securities within a prescribed period after purchase or sale

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody


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