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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feyl-yer]
    • /ˈfeɪl yər/
    • /ˈfeɪljə(r)/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feyl-yer]
    • /ˈfeɪl yər/

Definitions of failure word

  • noun failure an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success: His effort ended in failure. The campaign was a failure. 1
  • noun failure nonperformance of something due, required, or expected: a failure to do what one has promised; a failure to appear. 1
  • noun failure a subnormal quantity or quality; an insufficiency: the failure of crops. 1
  • noun failure deterioration or decay, especially of vigor, strength, etc.: The failure of her health made retirement necessary. 1
  • noun failure a condition of being bankrupt by reason of insolvency. 1
  • noun failure a becoming insolvent or bankrupt: the failure of a bank. 1

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Origin of failure

First appearance:

before 1635
One of the 43% oldest English words
1635-45; fail + -ure; replacing failer a (de)fault < Anglo-French (noun use of infinitive), for Old French faillir

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Parts of speech for Failure


failure popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

failure usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for failure

noun failure

  • breakdown — The breakdown of something such as a relationship, plan, or discussion is its failure or ending.
  • loss — detriment, disadvantage, or deprivation from failure to keep, have, or get: to bear the loss of a robbery.
  • misstep — a wrong step.
  • collapse — If a building or other structure collapses, it falls down very suddenly.
  • decline — If something declines, it becomes less in quantity, importance, or strength.

Antonyms for failure

noun failure

  • success — the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals.
  • win — to finish first in a race, contest, or the like.
  • increase — to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.
  • betterment — The betterment of something is the act or process of improving its standard or status.
  • improvement — an act of improving or the state of being improved.

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