Meaning of FAILURE in English

FAILURE

/ ˈfeɪljə(r); NAmE / noun

NOT SUCCESSFUL

1.

[ U ] lack of success in doing or achieving sth :

The success or failure of the plan depends on you.

The attempt was doomed to failure .

All my efforts ended in failure .

the problems of economic failure and increasing unemployment

She is still coming to terms with the failure of her marriage.

OPP success

2.

[ C ] a person or thing that is not successful :

The whole thing was a complete failure.

He was a failure as a teacher.

OPP success

NOT DOING STH

3.

[ U , C ] failure to do sth an act of not doing sth, especially sth that you are expected to do :

the failure of the United Nations to maintain food supplies

Failure to comply with the regulations will result in prosecution.

OF MACHINE / PART OF BODY

4.

[ U , C ] the state of not working correctly or as expected; an occasion when this happens :

patients suffering from heart / kidney, etc. failure

A power failure plunged everything into darkness.

The cause of the crash was given as engine failure.

OF BUSINESS

5.

[ C , U ] business ~ a situation in which a business has to close because it is not successful

OF CROP / HARVEST

6.

[ U , C ] crop / harvest ~ a situation in which crops do not grow correctly and do not produce food

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WORD ORIGIN

mid 17th cent. (originally as failer , in the senses non-occurrence and stopping of supply ): from Anglo-Norman French failer for Old French faillir , based on Latin fallere deceive.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.