Meaning of FAILURE in English



Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


Failure is a lack of success in doing or achieving something, especially in relation to a particular activity.

This policy is doomed to ~...

Three attempts on the British 200-metre record also ended in ~.

...feelings of ~.

? success



If something is a ~, it is not a success.

The marriage was a ~ and they both wanted to be free of it...

His six-year transition programme has by no means been a complete ~.

? success



If you say that someone is a ~, you mean that they have not succeeded in a particular activity, or that they are unsuccessful at everything they do.

Elgar received many honors and much acclaim and yet he often considered himself a ~...

? success



Your ~ to do a particular thing is the fact that you do not do it, even though you were expected to do it.

...their ~ to get the product mix right.

N-UNCOUNT: N to-inf, oft poss N


If there is a ~ of something, for example a machine or part of the body, it goes wrong and stops working or developing properly.

There were also several accidents mainly caused by engine ~s on take-off...

He was being treated for kidney ~...

N-VAR: with supp, oft n N


If there is a ~ of a business or bank, it is no longer able to continue operating. (BUSINESS)

Business ~s rose 16% last month.

= collapse

N-VAR: with supp

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