|1.||[ noun ] an act that fails|
"his failure to pass the test"
|Related terms:||nonaccomplishment loss error backsliding default nonconformity failing out naught fail|
|2.||[ noun ] an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose|
"the surprise party was a complete failure"
|Related terms:||success happening defeat downfall miss breakdown miscarriage malfunction malformation flame-out flop fail|
|3.||[ noun ] a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently|
|Synonyms:||nonstarter unsuccessful_person loser|
|Related terms:||achiever unfortunate underdog flash_in_the_pan bankrupt flop lose|
|4.||[ noun ] lack of success|
"he felt that his entire life had been a failure" "that year there was a crop failure"
|Related terms:||success fortune bankruptcy dead_duck crop_failure bank_failure fail|
|5.||[ noun ] an unexpected omission|
"he resented my failure to return his call" "the mechanic's failure to check the brakes"
|Related terms:||omission breach disappointing copout fail|
|6.||[ noun ] (finance) 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"
|Related terms:||insolvency fail|
|7.||[ noun ] loss of ability to function normally|
|Related terms:||disorder heart_failure renal_failure fail|