1. an act that fails

- his failure to pass the test

Definition categories: act, nonaccomplishment, nonachievement

2. an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose

- the surprise party was a complete failure

Definition categories: event, happening, occurrence, occurrent

3. lack of success

- he felt that his entire life had been a failure

- that year there was a crop failure

Definition categories: state, circumstances, destiny, fate, fortune, lot, luck, portion

4. a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently

Similar word(s): loser, nonstarter

Definition categories: person, unfortunate

5. an unexpected omission

- he resented my failure to return his call

- the mechanic's failure to check the brakes

Definition categories: act, omission, skip

6. inability to discharge all your debts as they come due

- fraudulent loans led to the failure of many banks

Similar word(s): bankruptcy

Definition categories: state, insolvency

7. loss of ability to function normally

- kidney failure

Definition categories: state, disorder, upset