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  Definition of failure
  1. an unexpected omission; "he resented my failure to return his call"; "the mechanic''s failure to check the brakes"
  2. an act that fails; "his failure to pass the test"
  3. an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose; "the surprise party was a complete failure"
  4. a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently
  5. loss of ability to function normally; "kidney failure"
  6. lack of success; "he felt that his entire life had been a failure"; "that year there was a crop failure"
  7. inability to discharge all your debts as they come due; "the company had to declare bankruptcy"; "fraudulent loans led to the failure of many banks"
Similar Words: loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person, bankruptcy

 

Hyponyms: disappointment, dashing hopes, breach, copout, failing, naught, loss, backsliding, lapse, lapsing, relapse, relapsing, reversion, reverting, error, misplay, out, nonconformity, default, nonpayment, nonremittal, downfall, ruin, ruination, flame-out, malfunction, miscarriage, abortion, miss, misfire, flop, bust, malformation, miscreation, breakdown, equipment failure, defeat, licking, bankrupt, insolvent, flash in the pan, dud, washout, underdog, heart failure, coronary failure, renal failure, kidney failure, bankruptcy, bank failure, crop failure, dead duck

 

Derivational Morphology: fail, neglect, go wrong, miscarry, lose, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break down, bankrupt, ruin, smash

 

Language Translations:
Chinese: 失败   Danish: fejl  
Dutch: mislukking   French: échec  
German: Misserfolg   Greek: αποτυχία  
Hebrew: כשלון   Ido: fiasko  
Italian: fallimento   Latvian: neizdošanās  
Polish: niepowodzenie   Portuguese: falha  
Russian: провал   Slovene: neuspeh  
Spanish: fallo   Swedish: misslyckande  
Telugu: వైఫల్యం  
 
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