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default

verb [I] uk   /dɪˈfɒlt/ us    /-ˈfɑːlt/
to fail to do something, such as pay a debt, that you legally have to do: People who default on their mortgage repayments may have their home repossessed.Failing and doing badlyBorrowing, lending and debt
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default

noun uk   /dɪˈfɒlt/ /ˈdiː.fɒlt/ us    /-ˈfɑːlt/

default noun (RESULT)

[U] the thing that exists or happens if you do not change it intentionally by performing an action: Unless something else is agreed, the default is to meet at the hotel at 7.00 p.m. The computer will take 0 as the default value, unless you type in something different.formal In default of (= because there is not) any better alternative, we will have to proceed with the original plan.Standard and routine

default noun (FAIL)

[C or U] a failure to do something, such as pay a debt, that you legally have to do: Defaults on loan repayments have reached 52,000 a month. Any default on your mortgage repayments may mean you will lose your house. Since they refuse to reply, I think we've won the argument by default (= because of their failure to act). The default rate (= the number of people failing to do something) is estimated at one in ten of taxpayers.Borrowing, lending and debtFailuresAccidents and disastersHigher and lower points of achievement
(Definition of default from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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