There are 2 translations of fail in Spanish:

fail1

Pronunciation: /feɪl/

vi

  • 1 1.1 (not do)to fail to + inf he failed to live up to our expectations no dio todo lo que se esperaba de él the engine failed to start first time el motor no arrancó de entrada both teams failed to score ninguno de los (dos) equipos marcó un gol you failed to mention the crucial point no mencionaste el punto esencial she failed to keep her word faltó a su palabra, no cumplió con su palabra it never fails to amaze me how many people … nunca deja de sorprenderme or de asombrarme cuánta gente … I fail to see what business it is of yours no veo por qué razón te tienes que meter 1.2 (not succeed) [marriage/business] fracasar; [idea/plan] fallar, fracasar she failed in her attempt to … falló or fracasó en su intento de … he failed in his application for the post no consiguió que le dieran el puesto this method never fails este método no falla nunca if all else fails como último recurso, si no hay otra solución 1.3
    (failed past p)
    [businessman/actor/writer] fracasado
    1.4 (be inadequate, fall short) fallar to fail in one's duty/obligations faltar a or no cumplir con su ( or mi etc) deber/sus ( or mis etc) obligaciones
  • 2 2.1 [brakes/battery/lights] fallar 2.2 [crop/harvest] perderse*, malograrse 2.3 (weaken) my eyesight/memory is failing me está fallando la vista/memoria the light was failing estaba oscureciendo 2.4
    (failing pres p)
    he could no longer read because of his failing eyesight la vista se le había deteriorado tanto que ya no podía leer he retired because of failing health se retiró debido a problemas de salud

vt

  • 2 (let down) his courage/memory failed him le faltó valor/le falló la memoria he promised help but failed me in the end me prometió ayudar pero al final me falló you have failed him le has fallado, lo has decepcionado words fail me! ¡no puedo creerlo! in describing Mozart's genius, words fail me no encuentro palabras or me faltan las palabras para describir el genio de Mozart

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A gitano is a member of Spain's gypsy community. Gypsies often live in camps and retain their nomadic habits. They have preserved many of their customs and do not usually integrate into the mainstream of Spanish society. Their language is caló. Gypsies have been a great influence on flamenco, and many of the best performers are gypsies.

There are 2 translations of fail in Spanish:

fail2

n

  • 1 (in exam, test) (BrE) aplazado (m) or reprobado (m) or (Esp) suspenso (m) or (Arg) aplazo (m)

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A gitano is a member of Spain's gypsy community. Gypsies often live in camps and retain their nomadic habits. They have preserved many of their customs and do not usually integrate into the mainstream of Spanish society. Their language is caló. Gypsies have been a great influence on flamenco, and many of the best performers are gypsies.