Definition of 'failure'
Example sentences containing 'failure'
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They were such important providers of mortgages and business loans that failure would have been catastrophic. Times, Sunday Times (2016)They nearly halve the risk of cardiac failure when the heart becomes too weak to pump blood. The Sun (2016)There is a fine line between success and failure. Times, Sunday Times (2016)People say success can breed success but it can also bring failure. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But if there is a power supply failure, all the services go down at once. Computing (2010)These failures will continue to happen unless the government tackles the heart of the problem - the chronic underfunding of social care. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I'd spent all my life being in failures. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It had been'almost a complete failure '. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I love his quote:'Success consists of going from failure to failure without the loss of enthusiasm. The Sun (2017)Were the pilots not warned of engine failure or did a system erroneously shut down the engines? Times, Sunday Times (2008)To go on employing it is just rewarding failure. Times, Sunday Times (2009) Heart failure occurs when the heart is damaged or overworked and unable to pump enough blood. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Was it an almost comical failure of nerve? Times, Sunday Times (2008)We must reconsider the protection of animals and also the failures of animal experimentation. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Welfare is the name we give to policy failure in other departments. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It will be no more a failure than any death after a full life is a failure. Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet (2007)There has been a complete failure to tackle illegal immigration over a number of years. The Sun (2013)This is because measures of success and failure in business are expressed in financial terms. Finance for the Non-Financial Manager (1989)Such runs could by themselves lead to bank failures. Financial Markets, Institutions and Money (1995)This is a normal ratio of success to failure. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The thing about failure is that it sneaks up on you. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The egos have gone but failure continues. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The failure of the engines had cut the main power. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Yet a sense of failure often haunts those who have loved them. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It was not just a failure of the banks. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Heart failure is something that affects old people and there are many individuals for whom transplant is not an option. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This is the price for successive governments' failure to build power plants. The Sun (2015)We are spending a fortune as a country subsidising failure - failed programmes and failing lives. Times, Sunday Times (2010)A temporary failure of the body is duly resolved and she is ready to resume. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He blamed the bomber losses on the failure of the fighters to give proper protection, only just stopping short of an outright accusation of cowardice. FIGHTER BOYS: Saving Britain 1940 (2003)
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Translations for 'failure'
British English: failure /ˈfeɪljə/ NOUN
Failure is a lack of success in doing or achieving something.
The project ended in failure last year.
- American English: failure
- Arabic: فَشَل
- Brazilian Portuguese: fracasso
- Chinese: 失败
- Croatian: neuspjeh
- Czech: nezdar
- Danish: fiasko
- Dutch: mislukking
- European Spanish: fracaso
- Finnish: epäonnistuminen
- French: échec
- German: Versagen
- Greek: αποτυχία
- Italian: fallimento
- Japanese: 失敗
- Korean: 실패 성공적이 아님
- Norwegian: fiasko
- Polish: niepowodzenie
- European Portuguese: fracasso
- Romanian: eșec
- Russian: неудача
- Spanish: fracaso
- Swedish: misslyckande
- Thai: ความล้มเหลว
- Turkish: başarısızlık
- Ukrainian: невдача
- Vietnamese: sự thất bại
Definition of failure from the Collins English Dictionary
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