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failure

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1 the nonperformance of an assigned or expected action

  • your failure to check the batteries in the smoke detector could have tragic results
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2 a falling short of oneʼs goals

  • the failure of the schoolʼs fund-raising drive was a big disappointment to all
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3 something that has failed

  • the studentsʼ first attempt to build a homemade rocket was a disappointing failure
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4 a falling short of an essential or desirable amount or number

  • the failure of the potato crop had a devastating effect on the population of Ireland
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5 the inability to pay one's debts

  • years of prolonged economic depression, when business failures were common
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