Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP FAIL [predicate] NP1[agent] FAIL NP2 Either the agent is aware of the intended goal, or someone describing the failed goal was expecting it (as in the case of predicted events specified by a theory)
Why is the public school system failing?
Her confidence failed her at the audition and she didn't get the job.
Try as I would, I failed to understand the poetry of Ezra Pound.
That math professor failed his whole class.
John never studied the material and so he failed the class.
She failed to be a good daughter to him.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1 FAIL[intransitive] (PP)
The engines failed during take-off.
Three banks failed in our state last month.
The water supply for the town failed after a long drought.
Her grandfather's health is failing.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4, 9, 10, 11
NOTE: Implies the agent forgot to perform the action.
She failed to turn the heat down while stirring the pudding.
I failed to leave the key under the mat for the cleaning lady.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1