fail·ure [failure failures] BrE [ˈfeɪljə(r)]
NAmE [ˈfeɪljər]
1. uncountable lack of success in doing or achieving sth
The success or failure of the plan depends on you.
The attempt was doomed to failure.
All my efforts ended in failure.
the problems of economic failure and increasing unemployment
She is still coming to terms with the failure of her marriage.
Opp: success
2. countable a person or thing that is not successful
The whole thing was a complete failure.
He was a failure as a teacher.
A team learns from experience, both successes and failures.
Opp: success  
3. uncountable, countable ~ to do sth an act of not doing sth, especially sth that you are expected to do
the failure of the United Nations to maintain food supplies
Failure to comply with the regulations will result in prosecution.
His confession followed repeated failures to appear in court.  
4. uncountable, countable the state of not working correctly or as expected; an occasion when this happens
patients suffering from heart/kidney, etc. failure
Production has been hampered by mechanical failure.
A power failure plunged everything into darkness.
The cause of the crash was given as engine failure.  
5. countable, uncountable business ~ a situation in which a business has to close because it is not successful
an alarming increase in business failures  
6. uncountable, countable crop/harvest ~ a situation in which crops do not grow correctly and do not produce food
Bad weather has resulted in crop failure.
Word Origin:
mid 17th cent. (originally as failer, in the senses ‘non-occurrence’ and ‘stopping of supply’): from Anglo-Norman French failer for Old French faillir, based on Latin fallere ‘deceive’.
failure noun
The marriage ended in failure.
collapse • • breakdown
Opp: success
a failure/collapse/breakdown in sth
contribute to/lead to/result in/cause/avoid the failure/collapse/breakdown (of sth)
end in failure/breakdown (of sth)
2. C
The whole thing was a complete failure.
disaster • • catastrophe • • debacle|informal fiasco • • washout • • flop
Opp: success
a failure/disaster/catastrophe for sb
a total failure/disaster/catastrophe/debacle/fiasco/washout/flop
a financial failure/disaster/debacle/fiasco
3. C
He was a failure as a teacher.
disappointment|disapproving incompetent|informal, disapproving loser • • disaster • • no-hoper
Opp: success
be a failure/disappointment/disaster as sth
a complete failure/loser/disaster/no-hoper
Example Bank:
All her efforts were doomed to failure.
Business failures rose by 30% in 2001.
Children who are doing badly tend to expect failure and criticism.
Fear of failure should not deter you from trying.
He attributes the failure of the project to lack of government support.
He lamented his failure to formulate a satisfactory theory.
He was too proud to admit failure.
Her ideas were large: if she could not succeed, she would at least be a heroic failure.
Her parents had long since branded her a failure.
I blame the failure of our relationship on my husband.
I felt (like) a complete failure.
I will not tolerate failure.
Initial failure was followed by unexpected, if modest, success.
John had a long history of academic failure.
Nothing can excuse your failure to ask my permission.
The aircraft seems to have experienced an engine failure.
The attempt ended in abject failure.
The decision to withdraw funding represents a failure of imagination.
The film was one of the rare failures in his career.
The venture proved a costly failure.
There is a high failure rate with this treatment.
This breach constitutes a serious failure in performance.
War is the ultimate failure of public communication.
a failure in the computer system
a rare viral infection that can lead to heart failure
economic failure and increasing unemployment
failures arising from circumstances beyond your control
government failure to listen to the voice of the electorate
patients with chronic renal failure
seeking to excuse his failure to ask her permission
the commonest cause of acute liver failure
to learn from past failures
All my efforts ended in failure.
Failure to comply with the regulations will result in prosecution.
His confession followed repeated failures to appear in court.
The attempt was doomed to failure.
The project was considered a failure in both technical and economic terms.
The rebellion was a dismal failure.
There has been an alarming increase in business failures.
patients suffering from heart/kidney failure

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
n.1.Cessation of supply, or total defect; a failing; deficiency; as, failure of rain; failure of crops.
2.Omission; nonperformance; as, the failure to keep a promise.
3.Want of success; the state of having failed.
4.Decay, or defect from decay; deterioration; as, the failure of memory or of sight.
5.A becoming insolvent; bankruptcy; suspension of payment; as, failure in business.
6.A failing; a slight fault.

Dictionary of Computing:
failure - The inability of a system or system component to perform arequired function within specified limits. A failure may beproduced when a fault is encountered.

Dream Dictionary:
To dream of failure, signifies your fears of inadequacy, low self-esteem and foretells that you are not applying yourself to the fullest potential. You are overwhelmed with anxiety and the pressure to excel. To dream that your business is a failure, signifies bad management and that you need to be more aggressive and not let fear rule you.

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