Definitions for failureˈfeɪl yər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fail•ureˈfeɪl yər(n.)

  1. an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success.

  2. nonperformance of something due, required, or expected:

    a failure to appear.

  3. a subnormal quantity or quality; an insufficiency:

    the failure of crops.

  4. deterioration or decay, esp. of vigor or strength.

  5. a condition of being bankrupt by reason of insolvency.

  6. a becoming insolvent or bankrupt

    the failure of a bank.

  7. a person or thing that proves unsuccessful.

Origin of failure:

1635–45; earlier failer a (de)fault < AF (n. use of inf.), for faillir

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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. failure(noun)ˈfeɪl yər

    ≠ success

    the failure of their relationship; Failure is not an option.

  2. failureˈfeɪl yər

    ≠ success

    The project was a complete failure.; I was a failure as a waiter.

  3. failureˈfeɪl yər

    the act of not doing what you are supposed to

    his failure to take the exam

  4. failureˈfeɪl yər

    a situation in which sth stops working or progressing properly

    heart/liver/kidney/organ failure; Stress has led to the failure of his health.

  5. failureˈfeɪl yər

    a situation when a business is unable to continue operating

    the failure of many small businesses


  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


  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


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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

Translations for failure

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the state or act of failing

She was upset by her failure in the exam; failure of the electricity supply.

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