Definition of failure
- failure to pay the rent on time
- kidney failure
- a power failure
- structural failure
- He was trying to rescue the company from failure.
- He felt like a failure when he wasn't accepted into law school.
He became discouraged by his repeated failures in business.
He was often crippled by his fear of failure.
The accident was caused by engine failure.
The patient was suffering from heart failure.
The accident was caused by a failure to use proper procedures.
She was criticized for failure to follow directions.
The drought caused crop failure.
He felt like a failure when he wasn't accepted into law school.
The scheme was a complete failure.
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First Known Use: 1643See Words from the same year
crunch, dearth, deficiency, deficit, drought (also drouth), famine, inadequacy, inadequateness, insufficiency, lack, paucity, pinch, poverty, scantiness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, undersupply, want;
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