Definitions for failureˈfeɪl yər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. failure(noun)

    an act that fails

    "his failure to pass the test"

  2. failure(noun)

    an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose

    "the surprise party was a complete failure"

  3. failure(noun)

    lack of success

    "he felt that his entire life had been a failure"; "that year there was a crop failure"

  4. failure, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person(noun)

    a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently

  5. failure(noun)

    an unexpected omission

    "he resented my failure to return his call"; "the mechanic's failure to check the brakes"

  6. bankruptcy, failure(noun)

    inability to discharge all your debts as they come due

    "the company had to declare bankruptcy"; "fraudulent loans led to the failure of many banks"

  7. failure(noun)

    loss of ability to function normally

    "kidney failure"


  1. failure(Noun)

    State or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, opposite of success.

  2. failure(Noun)

    An object, person or endeavour in a state of failure or incapable of success.

  3. failure(Noun)

    Termination of the ability of an item to perform its required function, breakdown.

  4. Origin: From failer, from faillir.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Failure(noun)

    cessation of supply, or total defect; a failing; deficiency; as, failure of rain; failure of crops

  2. Failure(noun)

    omission; nonperformance; as, the failure to keep a promise

  3. Failure(noun)

    want of success; the state of having failed

  4. Failure(noun)

    decay, or defect from decay; deterioration; as, the failure of memory or of sight

  5. Failure(noun)

    a becoming insolvent; bankruptcy; suspension of payment; as, failure in business

  6. Failure(noun)

    a failing; a slight fault

  7. Origin: [From Fail.]


  1. Failure

    Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic engineering.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. failure

    1. The man who can tell others what to do and how to do it, but never does it himself. 2. A man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    The quickest method known for making money.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'failure' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1291

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'failure' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3201

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'failure' in Nouns Frequency: #536

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