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fail·ure

failure

 
 
pronunciation:
feIl yr
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of not succeeding or not doing.
His failure to win did not stop him from trying again.
synonyms:
bomb, flop
antonyms:
achievement, success, victory
similar words:
bust, defeat, dud, lemon, miss, muff
definition 2: a person or thing that fails or does not succeed.
The scientist's experiment was a failure.
antonyms:
success
similar words:
bomb, bust, dud, flop, lemon
definition 3: the condition of not being enough.
The heavy rain caused a crop failure.
synonyms:
deficiency
similar words:
lack
definition 4: a stopping of normal performance; breakdown.
Engine failure caused the plane crash.
synonyms:
breakdown
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The word failure contains the following part:
-ure Latin noun-forming suffix that means act or process of
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The suffix -ure attaches to Latin verb roots and English verbs.