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failure

noun
 
 
/ˈfeɪljər/
NO SUCCESS [U] B2 a situation in which someone or something does not succeed: Their attempt to climb Everest ended in failure. Failing and doing badlyFailuresAccidents and disastersHigher and lower points of achievement
PERSON/ACTION [C] B2 someone or something that does not succeed: All my life I've felt like a failure.Failing and doing badlyFailuresAccidents and disastersHigher and lower points of achievement
failure to do sth B2 a situation in which you do not do something that you must do or are expected to do: Failure to pay within 14 days will result in prosecution.Failing and doing badly
NOT WORKING [C, U] B2 a situation in which something does not work, or stops working as well as it should: heart failure All trains were delayed due to a power failure.Failing and doing badly
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