intransitive verb
1. (to not succeed) 
a. to fail 
Si no practicas, vas a fallar.If you don't practice, you're going to fail.
2. (to break down) 
El motor de mi auto falló esta mañana.My car engine stopped working this morning.
3. (to disappoint) 
a. to fail 
Le di otra oportunidad y me falló otra vez.I gave her another chance and she failed me again.
Sé qué te fallé, profesor. - No me fallaste, Beto; te fallaste a ti mismo.I know I let you down, professor. - You didn't let me down, Beto; you let yourself down.
4. (to break) 
La columna falló y el edificio se derrumbó.The column gave way and the building collapsed.
5. (to sentence) 
a. to rule 
El juez falló en contra del demandado.The judge ruled against the defendant.
transitive verb
6. (to not hit) 
a. to miss 
La bala falló el objetivo.The bullet missed the target.
7. (to mistake) 
El estudiante falló la respuesta.The student got the answer wrong.
transitive verb
1. (equivocar; respuesta) 
a. to get wrong 
2. (tiro) 
a. to miss 
3. (sentenciar) 
a. to pass sentence on 
4. (premio) 
a. to award 
intransitive verb
5. (equivocarse) 
a. to get it wrong 
6. (no acertar) 
a. to miss 
7. (fracasar, flaquear) 
a. to fail 
8. (no funcionar) 
a. to stop working 
9. (plan) 
a. to go wrong 
este truco nunca fallathis trick never fails
me fallaron los frenosmy brakes didn't work
10. (decepcionar) 
a. no direct translation 
fallarle a alguiento let somebody down
11. (quebrarse, ceder) 
a. to give way 
12. (sentenciar) 
a. no direct translation 
fallar a favor/en contrato find in favor of/against
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
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