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flunk / fləngk/ inf. • v. [tr.] fail to reach the required standard in (an examination, test, or course of study): I flunked biology in the tenth grade | [intr.] I didn't flunk but I didn't do too well. ∎  judge (a student or examination candidate) to have failed to reach the required standard: the teacher flunked thirteen third-graders. ∎  [intr.] (flunk out) (of a student) leave or be dismissed from school or college as a result of failing to reach the required standard: he had flunked out of college.