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English definition of “malfunction”

malfunction

verb [I]  /mælˈfʌŋk·ʃən/ us  
(of a machine, piece of equipment, or organ) to fail to work correctly: The equipment malfunctions at temperatures below freezing.
malfunction
noun [C]  /mælˈfʌŋk·ʃən/ us  
a computer malfunction
(Definition of malfunction from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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