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
      • Have the independent firms been failing to count significant bulk sales of the device?
      • A Marine Department probe failed to reach a firm conclusion on the reasons for the incident.
      • Many Bradford business leaders are failing to embrace the chance to learn about the latest advances in management, it was claimed today.
      • In February, Data Protection commissioner Joe Meade announced that he had successfully prosecuted two legal firms for failing to register as data controllers.
      • The Government in turn are guilty of neglect for failing to do anything about it.
      • However, he warned that any firm which failed to comply with the new rules and standards would face penalties.
      • He had also failed to store the money collected during the afternoon in the separate time-locked safes as he was supposed to.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Disclosures of payments to beholden director's firms also fail to specify the amounts involved.
      • So far, the government has failed dismally to respond to this epidemic.
      • They promised much in this campaign but in the end failed dismally to deliver.
      • In the recent Kendall inspection, the firm was cited for failing to have an adequate design change procedure, according to the warning letter.
      • The Disability Rights Commission is set to get tough with firms that fail to comply with new laws.
      • Enterprises have also failed to comply with their assigned pension contributions.
      • 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.
      • The group claims the airlines neglected their duty of care by failing to take adequate steps to prevent passengers developing economy class syndrome.
      • Following distribution, telephone calls were made to those firms failing to respond within two weeks.
      • For the same reason, the Commissioner is unlikely to use the law as a tool against firms which fail to implement the code.

    • 1.2(not succeed)

      (marriage/business) fracasar
      (idea/plan) 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
      • if all else fails si no hay otra solución
      • Research has not adequately explained why women-owned firms fail to grow as rapidly as those owned by men.
      • Rupert's business was failing, so his motive for co-operating with the FBI was at first financial.
      • In the short term, however, some jobs would likely be lost as firms fail or restructure in the face of increased competition.
      • The systems failed spectacularly to meet the deadline for the new term, but we'll let that pass.
      • His argument held water with the Senate, where an override attempt failed by one vote.
      • His business ventures failed, and his offers to fight in the Napoleonic wars were refused.
      • 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.
      • Blair Nimmo: ‘Throughout 2003 we have seen a marked reduction in the number of Scottish businesses failing,’.
      • 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.
      • More than a few businesses have failed because of lack of proper planning for capital and cash flow needs.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • They would hope that when the market is liberalised, that they would not see our established firms fail to survive in the competitive environment.
      • If, however, the business is failing and the asset base is being gradually eroded, an early decision may leave some capital for reinvestment.
      • The firms have previously failed to secure planning for supermarkets at other sites in the town.
      • The most critical was that the regime had failed to establish firm control over the population.
      • 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.
      • How many countries do you know that will let a business employing 17,000 people fail?
      • 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.
      • Angry traders have failed in their latest bid to shut down the notorious Welling bus lane.
      • Akwaake said it has been noted that many new businesses fail because of the lack of mentoring.
      • This could lead to a rash of negative reports from any auditor whose business is failing.
      • The nine disciples had just failed miserably in an attempt to heal a child.
      • Today comes the news that the party failed in its quest for a final seat.
      • Yet, businesses fail because of a lack of knowledge, money, and support.
      • Well, better that than the business failing altogether, is the obvious riposte.
      • The efforts failed due to unionist intransigence and nationalist boycott.
      • Sofia failed in bids to host the Winter Olympics in bids for both 1992 and 1994.
      • I will not stand by and watch American businesses fail because of unfair trading practices abroad.
      • Firms fail - no one can legislate away investor risk.
      • Judging by press accounts, many applicants who failed to qualify complained openly that politics had played a role.
      • The low rates of bank borrowing have also failed to inspire firms to invest.

    • 1.3

      (businessman/actor/writer) fracasado

    • 1.4(be inadequate, fall short)

      to fail in one's duty/obligations faltar a / no cumplir con su (/ mi etc. ) deber/sus (/ mis etc. ) obligaciones
      • The Northumbrian water supply failed during Christmas 1995 when the main pipes froze.
      • 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.
      • This year's maize crop is expected to fail, worsening already serious food shortages.
      • But once again this year the rains have failed, and the crops are scorched and wilted.
      • Outside, the parched soil has turned to dust and his crops have failed disastrously.
      • In Northland though if one crop fails, the next is right there, almost ready.
      • For myself, I had an ambitious plan to grow corn, but the crop failed.
      • Here in northern Afghanistan, for the first time in four years, the rains didn't fail, and these farmers are now reaping the benefits.
      • Last year's crop failed because of too much rain; this year there is too little.
      • 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.
      • Agriculture in Africa is rain-fed, and when those rains fail so do the crops, exacerbating food insecurity.
      • Women are giving birth to dead babies, the crops are failing, the rain isn't falling, there are blights and there are plagues.
      • It is an agricultural and market town but the crops have failed for each of the last two years.
      • But although conditions are basic and power supplies sometimes fail, pitching the mess tent into darkness, no one is complaining too much.
      • Several southern African countries face famine because crops have failed as a result of drought or flooding or both.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • A lot of them grow their own maize, but if that year's crop fails they've got no food.
      • 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.

  • 2

    • 2.1

      (brakes/battery/lights) fallar
      • The lift has failed several times since it opened, and the shuttle bus has been pressed back into service intermittently.
      • Should Service Pack 2 fail to install properly, the guide also explains how to restore your computer to a working state.
      • Michael's health began to fail about two years ago and it deteriorated seriously from which he did not really recover.
      • 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.
      • He worked until earlier this year, when his health began to fail.
      • Mobile phone systems failed due to overloading, creating long lines as people queued to use pay phones.
      • However, his health began to fail in May of 1932 when he suffered heart problems.
      • The light was beginning to fail as it got later, and the street was less crowded than it had been earlier.
      • 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.
      • Mavis's health first began to fail in January and in March she was diagnosed with mesothelioma.
      • Before Gulbransen could feather the prop it too failed and continued to spin out of control.
      • A system is put under load and either passes or fails.
      • We happened to be there just before his health began to fail rapidly.
      • 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.
      • Another case against Ivol was abandoned last year after her health began to fail and she died in September last year.
      • Years later, when her health began to fail, it was here that she wanted to spend her last days.
      • It is part owner of one of the transmission lines that failed early on the day of the blackout.
      • In 2004, his health began to fail, but given his strong unyielding spirit he continued his work as long as was practical.
      • On that occasion he did not enjoy the mobility of previous years as his health had begun to fail.
      • 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.
      • However, in March of that year the pump failed due to underground movement in the old shaft and increasing amounts of silt.
      • By 1885 John Orme's health had begun to fail, and he found it necessary to resign his preaching duties.
      • His nightmare was based on once when his brakes nearly failed going along Clapham Common.
      • 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 her health began to fail she moved to a residential home in Whitley Bay, where she died eight weeks later.
      • In 1944 her health began to fail, and she was hospitalized the following year.
      • 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.
      • His health began to fail, and he retired to the Pyrenees, where he convalesced until his health improved.
      • In the last years his health began to fail but Johnnie held on bravely to the last and did not complain.

    • 2.2

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

    • 2.3(weaken)

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

    • 2.4

      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)
    ser reprobado Latin America
    suspender Spain

transitive verb

  • 1

    no pasar
    ser reprobado en Latin America
    suspender Spain
    reprobar Mexico
    perder Uruguay Colombia
    salir mal en Chile
  • 2

    suspender Spain
  • 3

    (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 le has fallado
    • words fail me! ¡no puedo creerlo!
    • in describing Mozart's genius, words fail me no encuentro palabras / me faltan las palabras para describir el genio de Mozart


  • 1British

    (in exam, test)
    aplazado masculine
    reprobado masculine
    suspenso masculine Spain
    aplazo masculine Argentina
  • 2

    without fail sin falta