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Definition 1: an act that fails - [noun denoting act]

Samples where failure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his failure to pass the test

(failure is a kind of ...) an act that does not achieve its intended goal

(... is a kind of failure ) failure to reach a minimum required performance

"his failing the course led to his disqualification" "he got two flunks on his report"

(... is a kind of failure ) complete failure

"all my efforts led to naught"

(... is a kind of failure ) the act of losing someone or something

"everyone expected him to win so his loss was a shock"

(... is a kind of failure ) a failure to maintain a higher state

(... is a kind of failure ) (baseball) a failure of a defensive player to make an out when normal play would have sufficed

(... is a kind of failure ) (baseball) a failure by a batter or runner to reach a base safely in baseball

"you only get 3 outs per inning"

(... is a kind of failure ) failure to conform to accepted standards of behavior

(... is a kind of failure ) act of failing to meet a financial obligation

Definition 2: an unexpected omission - [noun denoting act]

Samples where failure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he resented my failure to return his call
  • the mechanic's failure to check the brakes

(failure is a kind of ...) a mistake resulting from neglect

(... is a kind of failure ) an act (or failure to act) that disappoints someone

(... is a kind of failure ) a failure to perform some promised act or obligation

(... is a kind of failure ) a failure to face some difficulty squarely

Definition 3: an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose - [noun denoting event]

Samples where failure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the surprise party was a complete failure

(failure is a kind of ...) an event that happens

(... is a kind of failure ) a cessation of normal operation

"there was a power breakdown"

(... is a kind of failure ) something abnormal or anomalous

(... is a kind of failure ) a complete failure

"the play was a dismal flop"

(... is a kind of failure ) a failure to hit (or meet or find etc)

(... is a kind of failure ) failure of a plan

(... is a kind of failure ) a failure to function normally

(... is a kind of failure ) a complete or conspicuous failure

"the spectacular flame-out of the company's stock cost many people their life savings"

(... is a kind of failure ) failure that results in a loss of position or reputation

(... is a kind of failure ) an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest

"it was a narrow defeat" "the army's only defeat" "they suffered a convincing licking"

Definition 4: a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for failure in the sense of this definition

(failure is a kind of ...) a person who suffers misfortune

(... is a kind of failure ) someone who has insufficient assets to cover their debts

(... is a kind of failure ) someone who enjoys transient success but then fails

(... is a kind of failure ) someone who is unsuccessful

(... is a kind of failure ) one at a disadvantage and expected to lose

Definition 5: lack of success - [noun denoting state]

Samples where failure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he felt that his entire life had been a failure
  • that year there was a crop failure

(failure is a kind of ...) your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)

"whatever my fortune may be" "deserved a better fate" "has a happy lot" "the luck of the Irish" "a victim of circumstances" "success that was her portion"

(... is a kind of failure ) a state of complete lack of some abstract property

"spiritual bankruptcy" "moral bankruptcy" "intellectual bankruptcy"

(... is a kind of failure ) the inability of a bank to meet its credit obligations

(... is a kind of failure ) the failure of crops to produce a marketable surplus

(... is a kind of failure ) something doomed to failure

"he finally admitted that the legislation was a dead duck" "the idea of another TV channel is now a dead duck" "as theories go, that's a dead duck"

Definition 6: loss of ability to function normally - [noun denoting state]

Samples where failure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • kidney failure

(failure is a kind of ...) a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning

"the doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder" "everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time"

(... is a kind of failure ) inability of the heart to pump enough blood to sustain normal bodily functions

(... is a kind of failure ) inability of the kidneys to excrete wastes and to help maintain the electrolyte balance

Definition 7: inability to discharge all your debts as they come due - [noun denoting state]

Samples where failure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the company had to declare bankruptcy
  • fraudulent loans led to the failure of many banks

Synonyms for failure in the sense of this definition

(failure is a kind of ...) the lack of financial resources

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