Translation of "failure" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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failurenoun

uk /ˈfeɪ.ljər/ us /ˈfeɪ.ljɚ/

failure noun (NO SUCCESS)

B2 [ C or U ] the fact of someone or something not succeeding

失败;失败的人(或事)
The meeting was a complete/total failure. 这次会议是彻头彻尾的失败。
I'm a bit of a failure at making (= I cannot make) cakes. 我做蛋糕做得比较失败。
I feel such a failure (= so unsuccessful). 我觉得自己太失败了。
Their attempt to climb Everest ended in failure. 他们攀登艾格尔峰的尝试以失败告终。
The whole project was doomed to failure right from the start (= it could never have succeeded). 整个项目从一开始就注定了要失败。

More examples

  • Another crop failure could result in widespread famine.
  • The computer failure was due to a glitch caused by lightning.
  • The failure of the monsoon would destroy harvests on which 1000 million people rely.
  • The words 'Hard disk failure - program aborted' popped up on the screen.
  • The probable cause of death was heart failure.

failure noun (NOT DO)

B2 [ U + to infinitive ] the fact of not doing something that you must do or are expected to do

未履行;没做到
His failure to return her phone call made her realize that something was wrong. 他没给她回电话,这使她觉得有什么事情不对头。
Failure to keep the chemical at the right temperature could lead to an explosion. 化学品保存在不合适的温度下有可能会发生爆炸。

More examples

  • There are serious penalties for failure to comply with the regulations.
  • The team blamed injuries and lack of preparation for their failure to win.
  • He was disappointed by his failure to secure the top job with the bank.
  • I regarded her failure to acknowledge my greeting as a slight.
  • The Opposition is making a lot of political capital out of the government's failure to invest in education.

failure noun (STOP)

B2 [ C or U ] the fact of something not working, or stopping working as well as it should

故障;失灵;衰退;衰竭
He died of heart/liver failure. 他死于心脏/肝功能衰竭。
The accident was caused by the failure of the reactor's cooling system. 事故是由反应堆冷却系统发生故障造成的。
The number of business failures rose steeply last year. 去年倒闭的公司数量激增。
After three crop failures in a row, the people face starvation. 连续3年庄稼歉收,老百姓面临饥荒。

(Translation of “failure” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)