Failure - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfeɪljər|  American pronunciation of the word failure
Brit.  |ˈfeɪljə|  British pronunciation of the word failure


- an act that fails
- an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose
- lack of success
- a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently (syn: loser, nonstarter)
- an unexpected omission
- inability to discharge all your debts as they come due(syn: bankruptcy)
- loss of ability to function normally


He became discouraged by his repeated failures in business.

He was often crippled by his fear of failure.

The accident was caused by engine failure.

The patient was suffering from heart failure.

The accident was caused by a failure to use proper procedures.

She was criticized for failure to follow directions.

The drought caused crop failure.

He felt like a failure when he wasn't accepted into law school.

The scheme was a complete failure.

By his failure in that work he may lose the reputation which he has gained.

The house had become uninhabitable through the failure of the water-supply.

Winston is not someone who accepts failure easily.

Harry's plans ended in failure.

I always felt a bit of a failure at school.

The advertising campaign was a total failure.

Word forms

singular: failure
plural: failures
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