Thesaurus

fail

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of fail

  1. 1 to stop functioning my video camera failed just as I was about to shoot the big moment Synonyms of fail break, break down, conk (out), crash, cut out, die, give out, stall Words Related to fail fizzle, sputter, wheeze; act up, malfunction; jam Antonyms of fail start (up)

  2. 2 to be unsuccessful despite all the publicity, the movie failed miserably at the box office Synonyms of fail bomb, collapse, crater, flame out, flop, flunk, fold, founder, miss, strike out, tank, wash out Words Related to fail 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 of fail cook, flourish, prosper, thrive; prevail, triumph, win Antonyms of fail click, come off, deliver, go, go over, pan out, succeed, work out

  3. 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 of fail cheat, dissatisfy, disappoint, let downWords Related to fail bum (out), chagrin, discontent, disgruntle, displease, distress, upset; disenchant, disillusion; deceive, delude, mockNear Antonyms of fail fulfill (or fulfil); gladdenAntonyms of fail content, gratify, satisfy

  4. 4 to lose bodily strength or vigor ever since she reached the age of 90, Grandma has been noticeably failing Synonyms of fail decay, droop, emaciate, fade, weaken, flag, go, lag, languish, sag, sink, waste (away), wilt, witherWords Related to fail break down, wear out; yield; degenerate, deteriorate, rot, run downNear Antonyms of fail convalesce, rally, rebound, recover, recuperate; gain

  5. 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 of fail neglect, forget, omitWords Related to fail disregard, ignore, overlook, overpass, pass over, pretermit, slight; slide, slip; default; skipNear Antonyms of fail heed, mind, remember; keep, observe; carry out, do, execute, perform, practice (also practise); discharge, fulfill (or fulfil), meet, satisfy; comply (with)


Learn More about fail


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up fail? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!