1. An act that fails (synset 100067456)
    "his failure to pass the test"
  2. An event that does not accomplish its intended purpose (synset 107332364)
    "the surprise party was a complete failure"
  3. Lack of success (synset 114501461)
    "he felt that his entire life had been a failure"; "that year there was a crop failure"
  4. A person with a record of failing;
    Someone who loses consistently (synset 110292761)
  5. An unexpected omission (synset 100067217)
    "he resented my failure to return his call"; "the mechanic's failure to check the brakes"
  6. Inability to discharge all your debts as they come due (synset 114502017)
    "the company had to declare bankruptcy"; "fraudulent loans led to the failure of many banks"
  7. Loss of ability to function normally (synset 114083145)
    "kidney failure"

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