HyperDic: failure

English > 7 senses of the word failure:
NOUNactfailurean act that fails
eventfailurean event that does not accomplish its intended purpose
statefailurelack of success
person failure, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful persona person with a record of failing
actfailurean unexpected omission
statefailure, bankruptcyinability to discharge all your debts as they come due
statefailureloss of ability to function normally
failure > pronunciation
Soundsfey'lyer
Rhymesbehavior ... Xavier: 32 rhymes with yer...
English > failure: 7 senses > noun 1, act
MeaningAn act that fails.
Example"his failure to pass the test"
Narrowerbacksliding, lapse, lapsing, relapse, relapsing, reversion, revertingA failure to maintain a higher state
default, nonpayment, nonremittalAct of failing to meet a financial obligation
error, misplay(baseball) a failure of a defensive player to make an out when normal play would have sufficed
failing, flunkfailure to reach a minimum required performance
lossThe act of losing someone or something
naughtcomplete failure
nonconformity, nonconformancefailure to conform to accepted standards of behavior
out(baseball) a failure by a batter or runner to reach a base safely in baseball
Broadernonaccomplishment, nonachievementAn act that does not achieve its intended goal
Spanisherror, fracaso
Catalanerror, fracàs
Verbsfailbe unsuccessful
English > failure: 7 senses > noun 2, event
MeaningAn event that does not accomplish its intended purpose.
Example"the surprise party was a complete failure"
Narrowerbreakdown, equipment failureA cessation of normal operation
defeat, lickingAn unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest / contest
downfall, ruin, ruinationfailure that results in a loss of position or reputation
flame-outA complete or conspicuous failure
flop, bust, fizzleA complete failure
malformation, miscreationSomething abnormal or anomalous
malfunctionA failure to function normally
miscarriage, abortionfailure of a plan
miss, misfireA failure to hit (or meet or find etc)
Broaderhappening, occurrence, occurrent, natural eventAn event that happens
OppositesuccessAn event that accomplishes its intended purpose
Spanishfracaso
Catalanfracàs
Verbsfailbe unsuccessful
failfall short in what is expected
English > failure: 7 senses > noun 3, state
Meaninglack of success.
Examples
  • "he felt that his entire life had been a failure"
  • "that year there was a crop failure"
Narrowerbank failureThe inability of a bank to meet its credit obligations
bankruptcyA state of complete lack of some abstract property
crop failureThe failure of crops to produce a marketable surplus
dead duckSomething doomed to failure
Broaderfortune, destiny, fate, luck, lot, circumstances, portionYour overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens / happens to you)
OppositesuccessA state of prosperity or fame
Spanishfracaso, malogro
Catalanfracàs, malguany
Verbsfailbe unsuccessful
English > failure: 7 senses > noun 4, person
MeaningA person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently.
Synonymsloser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person
Narrowerbankrupt, insolventsomeone who has insufficient assets to cover their debts
flash in the pansomeone who enjoys / enjoys / enjoys transient success but then fails
flop, dud, washoutsomeone who is unsuccessful
underdogOne at a disadvantage and expected to lose
Broaderunfortunate, unfortunate personA person who suffers misfortune
Oppositeachiever, winner, success, succeederA person with a record / record of successes
Spanishperdedor
Catalanperdedor
Verbsfailbe unsuccessful
English > failure: 7 senses > noun 5, act
MeaningAn unexpected omission.
Examples
  • "he resented my failure to return his call"
  • "the mechanic's failure to check the brakes"
NarrowerbreachA failure to perform some promised act or obligation
copoutA failure to face some difficulty squarely
disappointment, dashing hopesAn act (or failure to act) that disappoints someone
Broaderomission, skipA mistake resulting from neglect
Spanishdescuido, olvido, omisión
Verbsfailfail to do something
English > failure: 7 senses > noun 6, state
Meaninginability to discharge all your debts as they come due.
Example "fraudulent loans led to the failure of many banks"
Synonymbankruptcy
BroaderinsolvencyThe lack of financial resources
Spanishbancarrota, insolvencia definitiva, quiebra
Verbsfailbecome bankrupt or insolvent
English > failure: 7 senses > noun 7, state
MeaningLoss of ability to function normally.
Example"kidney failure"
Narrowerheart failure, coronary failureinability of the heart to pump enough blood to sustain normal bodily functions
renal failure, kidney failureinability of the kidneys to excrete wastes and to help maintain the electrolyte balance
Broaderdisorder, upsetA physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal / normal functioning
Verbsfailstop operating or functioning

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