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Definitions of failure

  1. an unexpected omission; "he resented my failure to return his call"; "the mechanic's failure to check the brakes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an act that fails; "his failure to pass the test" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose; "the surprise party was a complete failure" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. loss of ability to function normally; "kidney failure" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. lack of success; "he felt that his entire life had been a failure"; "that year there was a crop failure" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. Cessation of supply, or total defect; a failing; deficiency; as, failure of rain; failure of crops. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Omission; nonperformance; as, the failure to keep a promise. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Want of success; the state of having failed. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Decay, or defect from decay; deterioration; as, the failure of memory or of sight. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A becoming insolvent; bankruptcy; suspension of payment; as, failure in business. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. A failing; a slight fault. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. The act of falling short, wasting away, or turning out badly; omission; neglect or nonperformance; want of success; decay, or defect from decay; as, the failure of eyesight; the act of becoming bankrupt; an unsuccessful person, effort, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. A falling short, or cessation; omission; decay; bankruptcy. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. Act of failing; omission; want; decay; bankruptcy. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. The act of failing, or the state of having failed; cessation; neglect; bankruptcy. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. That which fails; anything unsuccessful. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. A failing; deficiency; cessation of supply; omission; non-performance; decay, or defect from decay; want of success; becoming insolvent. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. Deficiency; omission; total defect; decay; insolvency. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for failure

  1. It is not quite a failure but it is by no means a great success. – Change in the Village by (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
  2. Close before the success of which I dreamed failure and bitter disappointment." – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers