Definitions for failureˈfeɪl yər
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word failure
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success.
nonperformance of something due, required, or expected:
a failure to appear.
a subnormal quantity or quality; an insufficiency:
the failure of crops.
deterioration or decay, esp. of vigor or strength.
a condition of being bankrupt by reason of insolvency.
a becoming insolvent or bankrupt
the failure of a bank.
a person or thing that proves unsuccessful.
Origin of failure:
1635–45; earlier failer a (de)fault < AF (n. use of inf.), for faillir
an act that fails
"his failure to pass the test"
an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose
"the surprise party was a complete failure"
lack of success
"he felt that his entire life had been a failure"; "that year there was a crop failure"
failure, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person(noun)
a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently
an unexpected omission
"he resented my failure to return his call"; "the mechanic's failure to check the brakes"
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"
loss of ability to function normally
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the failure of their relationship; Failure is not an option.
The project was a complete failure.; I was a failure as a waiter.
the act of not doing what you are supposed to
his failure to take the exam
a situation in which sth stops working or progressing properly
heart/liver/kidney/organ failure; Stress has led to the failure of his health.
a situation when a business is unable to continue operating
the failure of many small businesses
State or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, opposite of success.
An object, person or endeavour in a state of failure or incapable of success.
Termination of the ability of an item to perform its required function, breakdown.
Origin: From failer, from faillir.
cessation of supply, or total defect; a failing; deficiency; as, failure of rain; failure of crops
omission; nonperformance; as, the failure to keep a promise
want of success; the state of having failed
decay, or defect from decay; deterioration; as, the failure of memory or of sight
a becoming insolvent; bankruptcy; suspension of payment; as, failure in business
a failing; a slight fault
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. 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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'failure' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1291
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'failure' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3201
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.
- mislukking, onderbrekingAfrikaans
- fracassoPortuguese (BR)
- nezdar; výpadekCzech
- das VersagenGerman
- nederlag; svigtDanish
- αποτυχία, βλάβηGreek
- fracaso, suspenso, corteSpanish
- ebaõnnestumine, tõrgeEstonian
- ناکامی؛ شکستFarsi
- epäonnistuminen, hajoaminenFinnish
- échec; panneFrench
- pomanjkanje, neuspjehCroatian
- kudarc, bukás; meghibásodásHungarian
- það að e-ð bregstIcelandic
- fallimento, insuccessoItalian
- nesėkmė, gedimasLithuanian
- neveiksme; neizdošanās; trūkumsLatvian
- mislukking, storingDutch
- stryk (til eksamen), fiasko; bruddNorwegian
- niepowodzenie, awariaPolish
- ناکامی؛ شکستPersian
- ناكامى، نشتوالى، بې وسى خوسا توب، ورستوالى، ډوپه توب، ناكام (سړى يا شىPashto
- eşec; panăRomanian
- провал; перебойRussian
- neúspech; zlyhanieSlovak
- neuspeh; okvaraSlovenian
- misslyckande, strejkandeSwedish
- 不及格，不足Chinese (Trad.)
- відсутність; невдачаUkrainian
- ناکامیاب ہونے کی صورتUrdu
- tình trạng không thích hợp, không hoạt động như mong đợiVietnamese
- 不及格，不足Chinese (Simp.)
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