Defect - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdiːfekt|  American pronunciation of the word defect
Brit.  |ˈdiːfekt|  British pronunciation of the word defect


- an imperfection in a bodily system
visual defects
this device permits detection of defects in the lungs
- a failing or deficiency (syn: shortcoming)
that interpretation is an unfortunate defect of our lack of information
- an imperfection in an object or machine (syn: fault, flaw)
if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer
- a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body) (syn: blemish, mar)


- desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army (syn: desert)

Extra examples

They examine their products for defects.

She was born with a heart defect.

Vanity and pride were his two worst character defects.

The Russian scholar defected in 1979.

She defected from the conservative party.

He defected to the West before the war began.

The reporter defected to another TV network.

There was a defect in the transmission.

The politician defected from his own party and joined the opposition.

Many writers, threatened with imprisonment, have defected to the West.

All the cars are tested for defects before they leave the factory.

...a psychotherapist who's a little too quick to attribute every emotional problem or character defect to an unhappy childhood...

The price of the item has been reduced to compensate for a defect.

The teacher should try to eliminate the possibility that the child has a hearing defect.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: defect
he/she/it: defects
present participle: defecting
past tense: defected
past participle: defected
singular: defect
plural: defects
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