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"defect" in British English

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defectnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈdiː.fekt/
C1 a ​fault or ​problem in something or someone that ​spoils that thing or ​person or ​causes it, him, or her not to ​workcorrectly: All the company's ​aircraft have been ​grounded, after a defect in the ​enginecoolingsystem was ​discovered. There are so many defects inoureducationsystem. It's a character defect in her that she can't ​everadmit she's ​wrong. a ​physicalcondition in which something is ​wrong with a ​part of someone's ​body: She ​suffers from a ​heart/​sight/​speech defect. The ​drug has been ​shown to ​cause birth defects. Cystic ​fibrosis is ​caused by a genetic defect.

defectverb [I]

uk   us   /dɪˈfekt/
to ​leave a ​country, ​politicalparty, etc., ​especially in ​order to ​join an ​opposing one: When the ​nationalhockeyteamvisited the US, ​half the ​players defected. The British ​spy, Kim Philby, defected to the ​Soviet Union/defected fromBritain in 1963.
defector
noun [C] uk   /dɪˈfek.tər/  us   /-tɚ/
She was one of many ​Communist Party defectors.
(Definition of defect from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"defect" in American English

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defectnoun [C]

 us   /ˈdi·fekt, dɪˈfekt/

defect noun [C] (SOMETHING WRONG)

something that is ​lacking or that is not ​exactlyright in someone or something: The ​cars have a defect in the ​electricalsystem that may ​cause them to ​stall.
defective
adjective  us   /dɪˈfek·tɪv/
I ​replaced the defective ​lightswitch.

defectverb [I]

 us   /dɪˈfekt/

defect verb [I] (LEAVE)

to ​leave a ​country or a ​group you ​belong to, esp. in ​order to ​join an ​opposing one: Some of the mayor’s ​long-timesupporters have defected to other ​candidates.
defection
noun [C/U]  us   /dɪˈfek·ʃən/
[C] There have been defections to the US by several Cuban ​baseballplayers.
(Definition of defect from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"defect" in Business English

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defectnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈdiːfekt/
COMMERCE, PRODUCTION a ​fault that spoils something or causes it not to ​work correctly: product defects The ​reportcitedstructural defects as the reason for the demolition of the ​building. correct/​remedy/​rectify a defect a ​major/serious/​minor defect a ​design/​manufacturing defect

defectverb [I]

uk   us   /dɪˈfekt/
WORKPLACE to ​leave one ​company or ​organization and ​form or ​join another: defect from/to sth Many of our ​salesteam have defected to the ​competition.
COMMERCE, MARKETING to ​stopbuying a particular ​product or ​service and ​buy a different one instead: defect from/to sth Millions of ​customers defected to ​rivaltelecommunicationscompanies.
POLITICS to ​leave your country or ​group and ​join another because you ​disagree with the ​ideas of those in ​control: He's a ​pilot who defected to the United ​States.
defection
noun [C or U]
Since the ​introduction of the new ​tariff, there have been fewer ​customer defections.
(Definition of defect from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “defect”
in Spanish defecto…
in Vietnamese khuyết điểm…
in Malaysian belot…
in Thai ข้อบกพร่อง…
in French défaut…
in German der Fehler…
in Chinese (Simplified) 缺点, 缺陷, 瑕疵…
in Turkish kusur, eksik…
in Russian дефект, неисправность…
in Indonesian cacat…
in Chinese (Traditional) 缺點, 缺陷, 瑕疵…
in Polish wada, defekt, usterka…
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