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to fail: to not succeed; to forget to do, to neglect to do something
Note the most common constructions of the verb "to fail": "to fail + object (I failed my math test)"; "to fail + to + infinitive verb (He failed to warn me about the hurricane)"; 'to fail + in/at + ING verb (I failed in negotiating the contract).

I failed my exams miserably. My score was only 12%.
He failed to convince me. He tried to convince me but didn't succeed.
She failed in resolving the problem. She tried to resolve it but couldn't.

a failure: a defeat, a loss, a lack of success
Kalvin Krime's latest perfume is a major failure. It isn't a success at all.

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