Definitions for defaultdɪˈfɔlt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. failure to act; inaction or neglect:

    They lost their best client by default.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. failure to meet financial obligations.

  3. failure to comply with a legal obligation.

    Category: Law

  4. Sports. failure to appear for or complete a match.

    Category: Sport

  5. a preset value that a computer system assumes or an action that it takes unless otherwise instructed.

    Category: Computers

  6. (v.t.)to fail to perform or pay.

  7. to declare to be in default, esp. legally.

  8. Sports. to fail to compete in (a contest). to lose by default.

    Category: Sport

  9. (v.i.)to fail to fulfill an obligation.

  10. (of a computer system) to assume a preset value or take an action unless otherwise instructed.

    Category: Computers

Idioms for default:

  1. in default of,for lack or want of.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of default:

1175–1225; defau(l)te < OF defaute. See de–, fault , fail


Princeton's WordNet

  1. default(noun)

    loss due to not showing up

    "he lost the game by default"

  2. default, nonpayment, nonremittal(noun)

    act of failing to meet a financial obligation

  3. nonpayment, default, nonremittal(noun)

    loss resulting from failure of a debt to be paid

  4. default option, default(verb)

    an option that is selected automatically unless an alternative is specified

  5. default, default on(verb)

    fail to pay up

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. default(noun)ɪˈfɔlt

    the setting that a computer remains at if a user changes nothing

    The firewall is on as the default.

  2. defaultɪˈfɔlt

    happening because nothing is done to a change situation

    I inherited the money by default.

  3. defaultɪˈfɔlt

    having failed to do sth legally required

  4. default(verb)ɪˈfɔlt

    to fail to do sth legally required

    to default on the payments


  1. default(Noun)

    The condition of failing to meet an obligation.

  2. default(Noun)

    the original software programming settings as set by the factory

  3. default(Noun)

    A loss incurred by failing to compete.

    The team's three losses include one default.

  4. default(Noun)

    A selection made in the absence of an alternative.

    The man became the leader of the group as a default.

  5. default(Noun)

    A value used when none has been given; a tentative value or standard that is presumed.

    If you don't specify a number of items, the default is 1.

  6. default(Noun)

    The failure of a defendant to appear and answer a summons and complaint.

  7. default(Verb)

    To fail to meet an obligation.

    If you do not make your payments, you will default on your loan.

  8. default(Verb)

    To lose a competition by failing to compete.

    If you refuse to wear a proper uniform, you will not be allowed to compete and will default this match.

  9. default(Verb)

    To assume a value when none was given; to presume a tentative value or standard.

    If you don't specify a number of items, it defaults to 1.

  10. default(Verb)

    To fail to appear and answer a summons and complaint.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Default(noun)

    a failing or failure; omission of that which ought to be done; neglect to do what duty or law requires; as, this evil has happened through the governor's default

  2. Default(noun)

    fault; offense; ill deed; wrong act; failure in virtue or wisdom

  3. Default(noun)

    a neglect of, or failure to take, some step necessary to secure the benefit of law, as a failure to appear in court at a day assigned, especially of the defendant in a suit when called to make answer; also of jurors, witnesses, etc

  4. Default(verb)

    to fail in duty; to offend

  5. Default(verb)

    to fail in fulfilling a contract, agreement, or duty

  6. Default(verb)

    to fail to appear in court; to let a case go by default

  7. Default(verb)

    to fail to perform or pay; to be guilty of neglect of; to omit; as, to default a dividend

  8. Default(verb)

    to call a defendant or other party whose duty it is to be present in court, and make entry of his default, if he fails to appear; to enter a default against

  9. Default(verb)

    to leave out of account; to omit


  1. Default

    Default is a Canadian post-grunge band from Vancouver, British Columbia. Since forming in 1999 they have released four albums, and have sold more than a million records. The majority of their fan base is in Canada, but they gained popularity in the United States for their hit singles "Wasting My Time" and "Deny".

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'default' in Nouns Frequency: #2941

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