failure Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "failure" - English Dictionary

See all translations

failurenoun

uk   /ˈfeɪ.ljər/  us   /-ljɚ/

failure noun (NO SUCCESS)

B2 [C or U] the fact of someone or something not succeeding: The meeting was a complete/total failure. I'm a bit of a failure at making (= I cannot make) cakes. I feel such a failure (= so unsuccessful). Their attempt to climb Everest ended in failure. The whole project was doomed to failure right from the start (= it could never have succeeded).
More examples

failure noun (NOT DO)

B2 [U + to infinitive] the fact of not doing something that you must do or are expected to do: His failure to return her phone call made her realize that something was wrong. Failure to keep the chemical at the right temperature could lead to an explosion.
More examples

failure noun (STOP)

B2 [C or U] the fact of something not working, or stopping working as well as it should: He died of heart/liver failure. The accident was caused by the failure of the reactor's cooling system. The number of business failures rose steeply last year. After three crop failures in a row, the people face starvation.
(Definition of failure from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of failure?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “failure” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
stretch the truth

to say something that is not completely honest in order to make someone or something seem better than it really is

Word of the Day

July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
by Liz Walter,
July 01, 2015
With the USA’s Independence Day on the 4th and France’s Bastille Day on the 14th, July certainly has a revolutionary theme, so this blog looks at words and phrases we use to talk about the dramatic and nation-changing events that these days celebrate. In particular, it focuses on one of the most

Read More 

generation pause noun
generation pause noun
July 06, 2015
informal young adults who are not able to do things previously typical for their age group such as buy a home or start a family because of lack of money Meanwhile, a new study released last week revealed a quarter of Brits believe they’ll never own a property, leading them to be

Read More