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noun     failure pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
  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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    2. b.
      a situation in which crops do not finish growing, so that they cannot be used for food
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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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