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fallar
transitive verb
1. to get wrong (equivocar) (respuesta) ; to miss (tiro)
2. to pass sentence on (sentenciar) ; to award (premio)
intransitive verb
3. to get it wrong (equivocarse) ; to miss (no acertar)
4. to fail (fracasar, flaquear) ; to stop working (no funcionar) ; to go wrong (plan)
  • este truco nunca falla this trick never fails
  • me fallaron los frenos my brakes didn't work
5. (decepcionar)
  • fallarle a alguien to let somebody down
6. to give way (quebrarse, ceder)
7. (sentenciar)
  • fallar a favor/en contra to find in favor of/against
fallar
intransitive verb
1 [+freno] to fail; [+plan] to fail; go wrong; [+cuerda] to break; give way; [+motor] to misfire
le falla la memoria his memory is failing; si no me falla la memoria if my memory serves me correctly o right o well; si no me falla la vista if my eyes don't deceive me; le falló el corazón his heart failed; me fallaron las piernas my legs gave way; algo falló en sus planes something went wrong with his plans; han fallado todas nuestras previsiones all our predictions have turned out to be wrong; si le das un caramelo se calla, no falla nunca if you give him a sweet he'll shut up, it never fails; no falla, ya has vuelto a llegar tarde I knew it, you're late again
2 (defraudar)
fallar a algn to let sb down; fail sb; me has fallado de nuevo you've let me down again; mañana hay reunión, no me falles there's a meeting tomorrow, don't let me down
3 (Jur) to pass judgment
fallar a favor/en contra de algn to rule in favour of/against sb; find for/against sb
4 (Naipes) to trump
transitive verb
1 (errar)
falló las cuatro preguntas she got all four questions wrong; fallé el tiro I missed; fallar el blanco to miss the target
2 (Jur) to deliver judgment in
3 [+premio] to award
4 (Naipes) to trump
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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