Translation of fail in Spanish:


Pronunciation /feɪl//feɪl/

intransitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(not do)

      to fail to + inf
      • he failed to live up to our expectations no dio todo lo que se esperaba de él
      • the engine failed to start first time el motor no arrancó de entrada
      • both teams failed to score ninguno de los (dos) equipos marcó un gol
      • you failed to mention the crucial point no mencionaste el punto esencial
      • she failed to keep her word faltó a su palabra
      • it never fails to amaze me how many people … nunca deja de sorprenderme / de asombrarme cuánta gente …
      • I fail to see what business it is of yours no veo por qué razón te tienes que meter
      • Many Bradford business leaders are failing to embrace the chance to learn about the latest advances in management, it was claimed today.
      • Every time powerful and influential firms fail to dictate a trend or convey a message, the result is millions of dollars of losses for the industry.
      • Have the independent firms been failing to count significant bulk sales of the device?
      • In the recent Kendall inspection, the firm was cited for failing to have an adequate design change procedure, according to the warning letter.
      • You and I have have been together for so long now you may feel that I sometimes neglect you, or fail to tell you how I really feel.
      • As we all work longer hours, cope with pressurised jobs and fail to take proper breaks, stress in many cases seems to take over.
      • Enterprises have also failed to comply with their assigned pension contributions.
      • A Marine Department probe failed to reach a firm conclusion on the reasons for the incident.
      • So far, the government has failed dismally to respond to this epidemic.
      • Disclosures of payments to beholden director's firms also fail to specify the amounts involved.
      • In February, Data Protection commissioner Joe Meade announced that he had successfully prosecuted two legal firms for failing to register as data controllers.
      • Following distribution, telephone calls were made to those firms failing to respond within two weeks.
      • The group claims the airlines neglected their duty of care by failing to take adequate steps to prevent passengers developing economy class syndrome.
      • The player in question held up his hand in apology but Bradley lost his temper and accused them of breaking the rules by failing to shout a warning.
      • They promised much in this campaign but in the end failed dismally to deliver.
      • However, he warned that any firm which failed to comply with the new rules and standards would face penalties.
      • The Government in turn are guilty of neglect for failing to do anything about it.
      • The Disability Rights Commission is set to get tough with firms that fail to comply with new laws.
      • For the same reason, the Commissioner is unlikely to use the law as a tool against firms which fail to implement the code.
      • He had also failed to store the money collected during the afternoon in the separate time-locked safes as he was supposed to.

    • 1.2(not succeed)

      (business/marriage) fracasar
      (plan/idea) fallar
      (idea/plan) fracasar
      she failed in her attempt to … falló / fracasó en su intento de …
      • he failed in his application for the post no consiguió que le dieran el puesto
      • this method never fails este método no falla nunca
      • Considerable jockeying for position takes place as the companies' battle each other in the market place for survival, with the weaker firms failing and dropping out.
      • The nine disciples had just failed miserably in an attempt to heal a child.
      • They would hope that when the market is liberalised, that they would not see our established firms fail to survive in the competitive environment.
      • Blair Nimmo: ‘Throughout 2003 we have seen a marked reduction in the number of Scottish businesses failing,’.
      • In the short term, however, some jobs would likely be lost as firms fail or restructure in the face of increased competition.
      • Judging by press accounts, many applicants who failed to qualify complained openly that politics had played a role.
      • If, however, the business is failing and the asset base is being gradually eroded, an early decision may leave some capital for reinvestment.
      • His argument held water with the Senate, where an override attempt failed by one vote.
      • Today comes the news that the party failed in its quest for a final seat.
      • The efforts failed due to unionist intransigence and nationalist boycott.
      • When firms fail, there rarely is any reason for taxpayers to pick up the tab.
      • There are three things to worry about if your law firm fails.
      • If the government fails to be firm and resolute, the loss of confidence could bring the economy to a halt while social unrest and regional conflicts could increase.
      • A picture of a tough home life emerged, with her ex-military father's business ventures failing and Mills admitting she was forced to steal food.
      • Sofia failed in bids to host the Winter Olympics in bids for both 1992 and 1994.
      • Akwaake said it has been noted that many new businesses fail because of the lack of mentoring.
      • More than a few businesses have failed because of lack of proper planning for capital and cash flow needs.
      • His business ventures failed, and his offers to fight in the Napoleonic wars were refused.
      • Research has not adequately explained why women-owned firms fail to grow as rapidly as those owned by men.
      • Firms fail - no one can legislate away investor risk.
      • Angry traders have failed in their latest bid to shut down the notorious Welling bus lane.
      • The firms have previously failed to secure planning for supermarkets at other sites in the town.
      • This could lead to a rash of negative reports from any auditor whose business is failing.
      • I think in India it is still an issue of economics and you have to worry about the future, and if your business fails, your entire clan is affected and is sorrowful and that puts additional pressure.
      • Rupert's business was failing, so his motive for co-operating with the FBI was at first financial.
      • Not only is Gordon's business failing, but he and his wife have a baby girl who won't stop crying - so he's delirious from sleep deprivation and guilt.
      • The most critical was that the regime had failed to establish firm control over the population.
      • Yet, businesses fail because of a lack of knowledge, money, and support.
      • How many countries do you know that will let a business employing 17,000 people fail?
      • Well, better that than the business failing altogether, is the obvious riposte.
      • I will not stand by and watch American businesses fail because of unfair trading practices abroad.
      • The low rates of bank borrowing have also failed to inspire firms to invest.
      • The systems failed spectacularly to meet the deadline for the new term, but we'll let that pass.

    • 1.3failed past participle

      (actor/businessman/writer) fracasado

    • 1.4(be inadequate, fall short)

      to fail in one's duty/obligations faltar a / no cumplir con su (or mi etc.) deber/sus (or mis etc.) obligaciones
      • This year's maize crop is expected to fail, worsening already serious food shortages.
      • Even as we speak, what worries us is the fact that our crop is failing because of the rains, because of the drought, and we are not the only ones who are hit with it.
      • Last year's crop failed because of too much rain; this year there is too little.
      • Even though it was scary when four out of five main power lines were down and we thought the water supply might fail, a straight drama about those events would have been painful.
      • It is an agricultural and market town but the crops have failed for each of the last two years.
      • Outside, the parched soil has turned to dust and his crops have failed disastrously.
      • The Northumbrian water supply failed during Christmas 1995 when the main pipes froze.
      • For myself, I had an ambitious plan to grow corn, but the crop failed.
      • A lot of them grow their own maize, but if that year's crop fails they've got no food.
      • Several southern African countries face famine because crops have failed as a result of drought or flooding or both.
      • As foot and mouth sweeps the land and crops fail because of the disastrous growing season, farmers must be wondering where the next disaster will come from.
      • Agriculture in Africa is rain-fed, and when those rains fail so do the crops, exacerbating food insecurity.
      • But although conditions are basic and power supplies sometimes fail, pitching the mess tent into darkness, no one is complaining too much.
      • Women are giving birth to dead babies, the crops are failing, the rain isn't falling, there are blights and there are plagues.
      • One crop might fail, but another will survive - there are heartbreaks here too, but no single moment of crisis, as with a monocultural cash crop.
      • If the rains fail or someone falls ill, they have to sell what little they have - perhaps a pig or a goat - to buy medicines.
      • Dr John Harrison, a climate expert from the University of Stirling, says crops will fail before the land is flooded as salt impregnates the soil.
      • But once again this year the rains have failed, and the crops are scorched and wilted.
      • Here in northern Afghanistan, for the first time in four years, the rains didn't fail, and these farmers are now reaping the benefits.
      • In Northland though if one crop fails, the next is right there, almost ready.

  • 2

    • 2.1

      (lights/battery/brakes) fallar
      • It is part owner of one of the transmission lines that failed early on the day of the blackout.
      • In latter years, although his health was beginning to fail, he still enjoyed the company of friends and neighbours and had a big interest in the local football team.
      • When his health began to fail, the family auctioned off the game collection to pay for the medical bills that he had accrued during a long illness.
      • Enrique ran for a total of 65 laps taking the engine past its target mileage before it finally failed.
      • We happened to be there just before his health began to fail rapidly.
      • By 1885 John Orme's health had begun to fail, and he found it necessary to resign his preaching duties.
      • The two women became friends, and when Jackson's health began to fail, she left her unfinished manuscript in Lotty's hands with instructions about how it was to be arranged.
      • Towards the end of the afternoon, as the light began to fail, the first of several squadrons of wild geese came flying over the house on their way to the fields where they spend their nights.
      • Although his health was beginning to fail, he still had that enthusiasm I first felt so many years earlier, and I became inspired by it all over again.
      • Years later, when her health began to fail, it was here that she wanted to spend her last days.
      • He worked until earlier this year, when his health began to fail.
      • Michael's health began to fail about two years ago and it deteriorated seriously from which he did not really recover.
      • The light was beginning to fail as it got later, and the street was less crowded than it had been earlier.
      • The time at which you activate your parachute system plays an important part in the amount of time you have to stop if the parachute fails to deploy properly.
      • In 2004, his health began to fail, but given his strong unyielding spirit he continued his work as long as was practical.
      • Before Gulbransen could feather the prop it too failed and continued to spin out of control.
      • However, in March of that year the pump failed due to underground movement in the old shaft and increasing amounts of silt.
      • Should Service Pack 2 fail to install properly, the guide also explains how to restore your computer to a working state.
      • Mobile phone systems failed due to overloading, creating long lines as people queued to use pay phones.
      • In the last years his health began to fail but Johnnie held on bravely to the last and did not complain.
      • A system is put under load and either passes or fails.
      • Mavis's health first began to fail in January and in March she was diagnosed with mesothelioma.
      • His nightmare was based on once when his brakes nearly failed going along Clapham Common.
      • When her health began to fail she moved to a residential home in Whitley Bay, where she died eight weeks later.
      • On that occasion he did not enjoy the mobility of previous years as his health had begun to fail.
      • However, his health began to fail in May of 1932 when he suffered heart problems.
      • His health began to fail, and he retired to the Pyrenees, where he convalesced until his health improved.
      • The lift has failed several times since it opened, and the shuttle bus has been pressed back into service intermittently.
      • In 1944 her health began to fail, and she was hospitalized the following year.
      • Another case against Ivol was abandoned last year after her health began to fail and she died in September last year.

    • 2.2

      (crop/harvest) perderse
      (harvest/crop) malograrse

    • 2.3(weaken)

      my eyesight/memory is failing me está fallando la vista/memoria
      • the light was failing estaba oscureciendo

    • 2.4failing present participle

      he could no longer read because of his failing eyesight la vista se le había deteriorado tanto que ya no podía leer
      • he retired because of failing health se retiró debido a problemas de salud

  • 3

    (in exam, test)
    (applicant/student) ser reprobado Latin America
    (applicant/student) suspender Spain

transitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1school University

      (exam) no pasar
      (exam) ser reprobado en Latin America
      (exam) suspender Spain
      (exam) reprobar Mexico
      (exam) perder Colombia Uruguay
      (exam) salir mal en Chile
      • He was struck by how one woman utterly failed the test.
      • If he is failing because of a lack of ability they can help him to accept his limitations and focus on his strengths.
      • Youths in trouble with the law and students in danger of failing school also are eligible for the organization's programs.
      • The day ended with me failing the exam despite me reaching there on time.
      • However, the momentary setback of failing that exam delays Dan just enough to miss the plane.
      • I fail these exams, and it is by no means an easy out.

    • 1.2school University

      (applicant/student) reprobar
      (student/applicant) suspender Spain
      • Some Inspectors were stricter than others and failed children who might have passed in another district.

  • 2

    (let down)
    his courage/memory failed him le faltó valor/le falló la memoria
    • he promised help but failed me in the end me prometió ayudar pero al final me falló
    • you have failed him lo has decepcionado



  • 1

    (in exam, test)
    aplazado masculine
    reprobado masculine
    suspenso masculine Spain
    aplazo masculine Argentina
    • These fail marks meant that 336 high school students were not allowed to graduate.
    • It is feared that their children will be given an automatic fail mark because the number of days they study at school falls far short of the minimum set by the education authorities.
    • Most disappointing of all was his recent essay on improving the public health, for which he was given a borderline fail grade.
    • The rest of the day went quickly except for a few fails in tests but hey, what's new?
    • I swiftly came to the conclusion that anything above a fail grade would be a triumph.
    • The pollen certificate might help them get a fail upgraded to a pass grade, or even a lower than expected pass grade increased.
    • I was waiting for Miss Nichols to let me into the maths room, so that I could do the one hour exam and hopefully boost my maths mark above a fail.
    • In Buchanan County, Missouri, 81% of students involved in a CTC programme improved their grades from fail to pass in two or more subjects.
    • A letter or pass / fail grade, depending on district policy, is filed with the school at the appropriate time.
    • If you don't know what a pass or a fail would mean with respect to finding the problem's cause, then don't run that test because it is a waste of time.
    • This is something I cannot avoid because German law does not allow me to give a pass or fail grade.
    • But if top management scored high on crisis management, they get a fail grade when it comes to crisis aversion.
    • He has one pass in biology (grade D) a fail in chemistry (grade N) and an unclassified in maths.