Fail in Spanish | English to Spanish Translation and Dictionary
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fail
intransitive verb
1. (to not succeed)
a. fallar
The manager failed to hold the attention of his team. El gerente falló en mantener la atención de su equipo.
b. fracasar
The protest failed once the police arrived. La protesta falló al momento que llegó la policía.
2. (to stop functioning)
a. fallar
The car won't start because the engine has failed. El carro no arranca porque falló el motor.
3. (to not meet expectations)
a. fallar
My brother has failed to show up on time. Mi hermano ha fallado en llegar a tiempo.
b. no cumplir con
The police officer failed to uphold the law. El policía no cumplió con la ley.
transitive verb
4. (education)
a. suspender
Failing just one test is not the end of the world.No se va a acabar el mundo por suspender solo un examen.
b. reprobar (Latin America)
Larry is not good at numbers, that's why he failed the math test.A Larry no se le dan bien los números; por eso reprobó el examen de matemáticas.
c. catear (colloquial) (Spain)
I can't afford to fail another course at university.No puedo catear otro curso de universidad.
5. (to dissapoint)
a. fallar
Please don't fail me again. No me falles otra vez por favor.
noun
6. (education)
a. el suspenso (M)
This semester I got a fail on my history test.Este semestre saqué un suspenso en mi examen de historia.
fail
[feɪl]
noun
1. suspenso (m) (in exam) (español de España)reprobado (m) (Am)
también:
  • without fail sin falta
transitive verb
2. suspender (exam, candidate) (español de España), reprobar (Am)
  • to fail a drugs test dar positivo en un control antidoping
  • words fail me me faltan las palabras
  • his nerve failed him le fallaron los nervios
  • I won't fail you no te fallaré
intransitive verb
3. fracasar (person, plan, business); suspender (in exam) (español de España), reprobar (Am); fallar ; fallar, debilitarse
  • the light was failing (health, brakes)(memory, eyesight) se hacía de noche, estaba oscureciendo
  • to fail to do something no hacer algo
  • I fail to see what the problem is no acabo de ver cuál es el problema
  • if all else fails en último extremo
  • he failed in his duty no cumplió con su obligación
  • it never fails nunca falla (strategy, excuse)
  • it never fails to surprise me… nunca deja de sorprenderme…
fail [feɪl]
intransitive verb
1 (not succeed) [+candidate in examination] suspender; [+plan] fracasar; no dar resultado; [+show, play] fracasar; [+business] quebrar; [+remedy] fallar; no surtir efecto; [+hopes] frustrarse; malograrse
to fail by five votes perder por cinco votos; to fail in one's duty faltar a su deber; no cumplir con su obligación
2 [+light] irse; apagarse; [+crops] perderse; [+health, sight, voice] debilitarse; [+strength] acabarse; [+engine, brakes, mechanism] fallar; averiarse; [+water supply] acabarse; [+power supply] cortarse; fallar
the light was failing iba anocheciendo
transitive verb
1 [+exam, subject] suspender; [+candidate] suspender (a)
a failed painter un pintor fracasado
2 (let down) [+person] fallar (a); [+memory, strength] fallar
don't fail me! ¡no me falles!; ¡no faltes!; his strength failed him le fallaron las fuerzas; his heart failed him se encontró sin ánimo; his courage failed him le faltó valor; words fail me! ¡no encuentro palabras!
3 (not succeed)
to fail to be elected no lograr ser elegido; to fail to win a prize no obtener un premio
4 (omit, neglect)
to fail to do sth no hacer algo; dejar de hacer algo; don't fail to visit her no deje de visitarla
5 (be unable)
I fail to see why/what etc no veo or alcanzo a ver por qué/qué etc
noun
1
without fail sin falta
2 (Univ) suspenso (m);in en
Verb Conjugations for fallar
Gerund: fallando
Participle: fallado
Indicative
PresentPreteritImperfectConditionalFuture
yofallofalléfallabafallaríafallaré
fallasfallastefallabasfallaríasfallarás
él/ella/Ud.fallafallófallabafallaríafallará
nosotrosfallamosfallamosfallábamosfallaríamosfallaremos
vosotrosfalláisfallasteisfallabaisfallaríaisfallaréis
ellos/ellas/Uds.fallanfallaronfallabanfallaríanfallarán
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