failure

fail|ure [ `feıljər ] noun ***
1. ) count or uncount 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.
─ opposite SUCCESS
a ) 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.
2. ) count someone or something that has not achieved success:
She had to admit that it had all been a total failure.
I feel like such a failure.
─ opposite SUCCESS
3. ) count or uncount 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.
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.
b ) a situation in which crops do not finish growing, so that they cannot be used for food
4. ) count or uncount a sudden loss of a particular quality or ability, especially in a difficult situation:
a failure of imagination
a ) a sense of humor failure a situation in which you are unable to see that something is funny

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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