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
Synonyms: bankruptcy

"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

"kidney failure"

Related terms: disorder heart_failure renal_failure fail
Similar spelling:   Falor