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failed

[ feyld ]
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adjective

falling short of success or achievement in something expected, desired, etc.: bad memories from a failed relationship; a failed attempt to save his daughter.

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RELATED WORDS

decline, fall, ignore, neglect, break, close, drop, finish, end, founder, flounder, flop, blunder, fold, abort, fizzle, slip, miscarry, miss, backslide

Nearby words

faidherbe, faience, fail, fail-safe, fail-soft, failed, failed state, failing, failingly, faille, failsafe

Origin of failed

First recorded in 1650–60; fail + -ed2

Definition for failed (2 of 2)

Origin of fail

1175–1225; Middle English failen < Anglo-French, Old French faillir < Vulgar Latin *fallīre, for Latin fallere to disappoint, deceive
Related formsun·failed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for failed (1 of 2)

fail

1
/ (feɪl) /

verb

noun

a failure to attain the required standard, as in an examination
without fail definitely; with certainty

Word Origin for fail

C13: from Old French faillir, ultimately from Latin fallere to disappoint; probably related to Greek phēlos deceitful

British Dictionary definitions for failed (2 of 2)

fail

2
/ (fel) /

noun

Scot a turf; sod

Word Origin for fail

perhaps from Scottish Gaelic fàl
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Idioms and Phrases with failed

fail


see without fail; words fail me.

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