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I don't understand a way to work other than bold-facedly running towards failure.
Cate Blanchett

Meaning of "failure" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF FAILURE

failure  [ˈfeɪljə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF FAILURE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Failure is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES FAILURE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

failure

Failure

Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic engineering.

Definition of failure in the English dictionary

The first definition of failure in the dictionary is the act or an instance of failing. Other definition of failure is a person or thing that is unsuccessful or disappointing. Failure is also nonperformance of something required or expected.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH FAILURE


alure
ˈæljə
anencephalia
ˌænənsəˈfeɪljə
Apulia
əˈpjuːljə
azalea
əˈzeɪljə
Cecilia
sɪˈsiːljə
coquilla
kəʊˈkɪljə
cuadrilla
kwɑːˈdriːljə
dahlia
ˈdeɪljə
derailleur
dəˈreɪljə
espalier
ɪˈspæljə
grevillea
ɡrəˈvɪljə
haulier
ˈhɔːljə
Montpelier
mɒntˈpiːljə
quesadilla
ˌkeɪsəˈdiːljə
seguidilla
ˌsɛɡɪˈdiːljə
sinsemilla
ˌsɪnsəˈmiːljə
soilure
ˈsɔɪljə
tubulure
ˈtjuːbjʊljə
ultrafamiliar
ˌʌltrəfəˈmɪljə
unfamiliar
ˌʌnfəˈmɪljə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE FAILURE

faik
fail
fail-safe
failed
failed state
failing
faille
fain
faineance
faineancy
faineantise
fainites
fainly
fainness
fains
faint
faint-hearted
faint-ruled paper
fainter
faintheartedly

WORDS THAT END LIKE FAILURE

allure
cannelure
chevelure
ciselure
colure
craquelure
crop failure
doublure
electrical failure
encolure
engine failure
gyplure
heart failure
kidney failure
lure
power failure
reciprocity failure
renal failure
respiratory failure
velure

Synonyms and antonyms of failure in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «FAILURE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «failure» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of failure

Translation of «failure» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF FAILURE

Find out the translation of failure to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of failure from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «failure» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

失败
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

fracaso
570 millions of speakers

English

failure
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

विफलता
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

فَشَل
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

неудача
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

fracasso
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ব্যর্থতা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

échec
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Kegagalan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Versagen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

失敗
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

실패
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kegagalan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

sự thất bại
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தோல்வி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

अयशस्वी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

başarısızlık
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

fallimento
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

niepowodzenie
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

невдача
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

eșec
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αποτυχία
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

mislukking
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

misslyckande
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

fiasko
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of failure

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «FAILURE»

The term «failure» is very widely used and occupies the 4.465 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «FAILURE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «failure» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «failure» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about failure

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10 QUOTES WITH «FAILURE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word failure.
1
Maude Adams
Life is so fresh, life is every day so new if we are fighting, only for the best. Sometimes I think the only real satisfaction in life is failure, failure in your endeavor to do your best.
2
Tiki Barber
I grew up playing sports. There is a clear line between success and failure.
3
Gerry Beckley
I know acts and I'm not going to name names but these people sold ten million copies the first time and the second album sells three million and it's considered a failure and they're dropped and that's really a shame.
4
Dirk Benedict
Hollywood... a city I was to come back to time and again, in sickness and in health, in success and in failure, with anticipation and with dread.
5
Cate Blanchett
I don't understand a way to work other than bold-facedly running towards failure.
6
Carol Moseley Braun
The failure in Ohio to have adequate voting capacity for the people who were registered and eligible to vote was an absolute denial of their right to vote.
7
George Burns
I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.
8
Margaret Drabble
Nothing fails like failure.
9
Alexandre Dumas
A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.
10
Ben Foster
It's okay to fail 'cause there's no failure, you're just informing the richness of your experience, and that's - that's the greatest gift you can possibly give yourself.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «FAILURE»

Discover the use of failure in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to failure and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Little Failure: A Memoir
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE “BEST BOOKS OF 2014 (SO FAR)” BY TIME After three acclaimed novels, Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far.
Gary Shteyngart, 2014
2
The Queer Art of Failure
The Queer Art of Failure is about finding alternatives - to conventional understandings of success in a heteronormative, capitalist society; to academic disciplines that confirm what is already known according to approved methods of knowing ...
Judith Halberstam, 2011
3
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
Resolving to earn so much money that his mother will no longer stress out over the bills, 11-year-old Timmy Failure launches a detective business with a lazy polar bear partner named Total but finds their enterprise—Total Failure, Inc ...
Stephan Pastis, 2013
4
Acute Heart Failure
This book represents a joint effort from internationally known cardiologists and intensivists to set up a single reference resource, appropriate for practice both in Europe and the US.
Alexandre Mebazaa, Mihai Gheorghiade, Faiez Zannad, 2009
5
Oxford Textbook of Heart Failure
Written by internationally renowned leaders in their field and relevant to all practicing clinicians, this textbook comprehensively covers all aspects of heart failure, and suggests the optimal evidence-based management for heart failure ...
Theresa A. McDonagh, Roy S. Gardner, Andrew L. Clark, 2011
6
The Art of Failure: An Essay on the Pain of Playing Video Games
Argues that video games are not fun but actually lead to feelings of frustration and incompetence and that video games are one of the few mediums that allow us to experience and experiment with failure.
Jesper Juul, 2013
7
Failure Case Studies in Civil Engineering: Structures, ...
First published in 1995 as: Failures in Civil Engineering: Structural, Foundation and Geoenvironmental Case Studies, edited by Robin Shepherd and J. David Frost.
Paul A. Bosela, Pamalee Brady, Norbert J. Delatte, 2013
8
How I Raised Myself From Failure
The answer is inside How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling. Bettger reveals his personal experiences and explains the foolproof principles that he developed and perfected.
Frank Bettger, 2009
9
Drift into Failure: From Hunting Broken Components to ...
This book explores complexity theory and systems thinking to better understand how complex systems drift into failure.
Professor Sidney Dekker, 2012
10
Handbook of Case Histories in Failure Analysis
The second volume in a series comprising a reliable source of failure analysis case studies for engineering professionals. Volume 1 (1992) was reviewed in the April 1993 SciTech Book News .
Khlefa Alarbe Esaklul, 1993

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «FAILURE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term failure is used in the context of the following news items.
1
FDA fast-tracks first improved heart failure drug in a decade
"For those of us who have been practicing in heart failure, we've been waiting for a day like this for 15 years, which was the last time we had a ... «CBS News, Jul 15»
2
Why the EU's increasing failure to protect nature means I may vote no
Would I stop supporting the EU? If it bows to industry pressure to sink nature directives, crucial to protecting wildlife and habitats, there will be ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
3
Three things to learn from failure: set-backs can lead to success
Like in business, there are no guarantees of success, but there are times when you need to act anyway. Failure is never an easy pill to swallow, ... «City A.M., Jul 15»
4
Police failure left woman in crashed car for three days with dead …
An investigation has been launched into the police failure to follow up a report of a car going off the road. John Yuill (28) died in the crash and ... «Irish Independent, Jul 15»
5
Close call for young pals after terrifying amusement park ride failure
Close call for young pals after terrifying amusement park ride failure. July 10, 2015: A father has filmed the moment a catapult ride cable ... «9news.com.au, Jul 15»
6
The $1.15 Billion Hardware Failure That Nearly Killed The Xbox
In 2005, just after the release of Microsoft's Xbox 360, brand-new machines started failing. Nobody, not even Microsoft, quite knew what was ... «Forbes, Jul 15»
7
Launceston General Hospital radiologist admits failure to diagnose …
A radiologist at the Launceston General Hospital (LGH) has admitted he failed to diagnose a potentially fatal heart condition in a patient, who ... «ABC Online, Jul 15»
8
Green groups mark spending bill's failure
Green groups celebrated Republican leadership's decision to pull an Interior and Environment spending bill amid a raucous debate over the ... «The Hill, Jul 15»
9
Failure to disclose: Mylan should have informed its shareholders
The best American companies operate under principles of openness and transparency. But Mylan, the Cecil-based generic drugs giant, left its ... «Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jul 15»
10
Are We About to Repeat NATOs Greatest Failure?
The excuses, indifference, and utter callousness that met genocide in the Balkans sound eerily familiar in Barack Obama's Washington. «Daily Beast, Jul 15»

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