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noun failure pronunciation in American English /ˈfeɪljər/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a lack of success in doing something
    I’m too proud to admit failure.
    failure of: The failure of the talks has made the situation worse.
    end/result in failure: Their first attempt to climb Everest ended in failure.
    failure to do something: She is depressed by her continued failure to find a job.
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  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a situation in which you do not do something that someone expects you to do
    failure to do something: Failure to comply with the rules can result in expulsion.
    failure of: He was angry about the failure of the U.N. to intervene in the crisis.
  3. 3
    [countable] someone or something that has not achieved success
    The party was a total failure.
    I feel like such a failure.
  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] a situation in which something such as a machine or an organ in your body stops working correctly
    engine/brake/power failure: The crash seems to have been caused by an engine failure.
    heart/liver/kidney failure: He died from liver failure.
    1. a.
      a situation in which a business cannot continue operating
      Business failures soared by more than a third in the second half of this year.
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