Translation of "failure" - English-Traditional 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

失敗;失敗的人(或事)
The meeting was a complete/total failure. 這次會議是徹頭徹尾的失敗。
I'm a bit of a failure at making (= I cannot make) cakes. 我做蛋糕做得比較失敗。
I feel such a failure (= so unsuccessful). 我覺得自己太失敗了。
Their attempt to climb Everest ended in failure. 他們攀登艾格峰的嘗試以失敗告終。
The whole project was doomed to failure right from the start (= it could never have succeeded). 整個專案計劃從一開始就註定了要失敗。

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;沒做到
His failure to return her phone call made her realize that something was wrong. 他沒給她回電話,這使她覺得有些事情不對頭。
Failure to keep the chemical at the right temperature could lead to an explosion. 化學品存放在不合適的溫度下有可能會發生爆炸。

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;失靈;衰退;衰竭
He died of heart/liver failure. 他死於心臟/肝功能衰竭。
The accident was caused by the failure of the reactor's cooling system. 反應堆冷卻系統發生故障,釀成事故。
The number of business failures rose steeply last year. 去年倒閉的公司數量激增。
After three crop failures in a row, the people face starvation. 連續三年莊稼歉收,老百姓面臨饑荒。

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