Meaning of FAILURE in English

FAILURE

noun

1 lack of success

ADJECTIVE

▪ complete , total

▪ abject , humiliating

The attempt ended in abject ~.

▪ inevitable

▪ costly

▪ alleged , apparent , perceived

▪ relative

▪ initial

Initial ~ was followed by unexpected, if modest, success.

▪ ultimate

War is the ultimate ~ of public communication.

▪ personal

▪ moral

▪ academic

▪ economic , financial

▪ military

VERB + FAILURE

▪ be doomed to , end in , result in

All her efforts were doomed to ~.

▪ admit , tolerate

He was too proud to admit ~.

I will not tolerate ~.

▪ lament

He lamented his ~ to formulate a satisfactory theory.

▪ explain

▪ attribute , blame

He attributes the ~ of the project to lack of government support.

I blame the ~ of our relationship on my husband.

▪ expect

Children who are doing badly tend to expect ~ and criticism.

▪ fear

▪ avoid

FAILURE + NOUN

▪ rate

There is a high ~ rate with this treatment.

PHRASES

▪ fear of ~

Fear of ~ should not deter you from trying.

▪ a history of ~

John had a long history of academic ~.

▪ a possibility of ~ , a risk of ~

▪ a sense of ~

2 unsuccessful person/thing

ADJECTIVE

▪ big , great , serious

▪ complete , total , utter

▪ catastrophic , disastrous

▪ abject , conspicuous , dismal , humiliating , lamentable ( esp. BrE ), miserable

▪ costly

▪ heroic ( BrE )

If she could not succeed, she would at least be a heroic ~.

▪ alleged , apparent , perceived

▪ relative

▪ past

to learn from past ~s

▪ rare ( esp. BrE )

The movie was one of the rare ~s in his career.

▪ unexpected

▪ personal

▪ collective

▪ moral

▪ academic

▪ economic , financial

economic ~ and increasing unemployment

▪ military

VERB + FAILURE

▪ be , represent

▪ prove

The venture proved a costly ~.

▪ experience , have

▪ feel ( BrE ), feel like ( esp. AmE )

I felt (like) a complete ~.

▪ consider sb/sth , regard sb/sth as

▪ brand sb/sth ( esp. BrE )

Her parents had long since branded her a ~.

FAILURE + VERB

▪ arise from sth

~s arising from circumstances beyond your control

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ of

The decision to withdraw funding represents a ~ of imagination.

3 not doing sth

ADJECTIVE

▪ fundamental

▪ general

▪ manifest

▪ consistent , constant , continued , continuing , persistent , repeated

▪ government , management

government ~ to listen to the voice of the electorate

VERB + FAILURE

▪ excuse , justify

Nothing can excuse your ~ to ask my permission.

▪ constitute

This breach constitutes a serious ~ in performance.

4 of a machine, system, part of the body, etc.

ADJECTIVE

▪ mechanical , structural , technical

▪ battery , brake , component , computer , engine , equipment , power , system

▪ hardware , software ( both computing )

▪ bank , business , commercial , company , corporate , institutional , market

Business ~s rose by 30% in 2001.

▪ heart , kidney , liver , organ

the commonest cause of acute liver ~

▪ cardiac , hepatic , renal , respiratory ( all medical )

patients with chronic renal ~

▪ crop , harvest

▪ communication

▪ intelligence , policy

VERB + FAILURE

▪ cause , lead to , result in

a rare viral infection that can lead to heart ~

▪ experience , suffer

The aircraft seems to have experienced an engine ~.

▪ prevent

FAILURE + VERB

▪ occur

A power ~ occurred between 4 and 5 p.m.

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ in

a ~ in the computer system

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