Failure - REF

Meaning: Failure refers to the lack of success or the inability to achieve a desired outcome or goal. It implies not meeting expectations, objectives, or standards set for a particular task, endeavor, or situation.


  1. Despite his efforts, he experienced repeated failures in launching his business.
  2. The project's failure to meet the deadline resulted in significant financial losses.
  3. She considered her setbacks as opportunities to learn from her failures and improve.


  1. Defeat
  2. Fiasco
  3. Flop


  1. Success
  2. Achievement
  3. Triumph

Short Collocations:

  1. Ultimate Failure: The ultimate failure of the project was attributed to poor planning.
  2. Fear of Failure: His fear of failure prevented him from taking risks.
  3. Avoid Failure: By following the guidelines, you can avoid failure in your attempts.


  1. Abject Failure: A complete and utter failure. Example: "The product launch was an abject failure due to numerous technical issues."
  2. Dress Rehearsal for Failure: An unsuccessful attempt or practice run that mirrors a real failure. Example: "The trial run turned out to be a dress rehearsal for failure, as the main event faced similar problems."
  3. Meet One's Waterloo: To experience a decisive or final failure. Example: "After years of success, the company met its Waterloo when it couldn't adapt to changing market trends."


  1. Failure is the Mother of Success: Failure can lead to valuable lessons and future success. Example: "Although his first business failed, he learned from his mistakes and succeeded later."
  2. Staring Failure in the Face: Confronting the possibility of failing. Example: "Despite the challenges, she kept staring failure in the face and pushed forward."
  3. Drowning in Failure: Overwhelmed by repeated unsuccessful attempts. Example: "After a series of failed attempts, he felt like he was drowning in failure."

Vocabulary from the Same Root:

  • Fail (verb): To be unsuccessful in achieving a goal or desired outcome.
  • Failed (adjective): Having not succeeded in achieving a particular goal or task.
  • Failing (noun): A weakness or flaw in character, behavior, or performance.

- Collocation

failure (fey-lyur) noun

  • The lack of success or the state of not achieving the desired end or intended result.
  • An instance of failing to function properly or as expected.


  • epic/abject/miserable failure - An utterly disappointing or poor result.
  • complete/utter/total failure - A lack of success to the maximum degree.
  • accept/admit/own failure - To acknowledge one's deficiency or shortcoming.
  • risk/court failure - To hazard the possibility of lacking achievement or proper function.
  • unlikely/inevitable failure - A result that is improbable or certain to be unsuccessful respectively.
  • mitigated/limited failure - A lack of success that is reduced in impact or effects.
  • initial/early failure - Unsuccessfulness occurring at an early or beginning stage.
  • override/prevent failure - To supersede or stop unsuccessful or deficient performance.
  • failure to achieve/comply/deliver - Inability to attain objectives, obey rules, or satisfy requirements.
  • structural/mechanical failure - Lack of proper function due to physical breakdown or defect.
  1. The ambitious project turned into an epic failure, with delays and budget overruns.
  2. Despite their efforts, the product launch was a complete failure, leading to disappointment.
  3. It's important to admit failure and learn from mistakes to improve in the future.
  4. They decided to risk failure by attempting a risky marketing strategy.
  5. Given the circumstances, success seems unlikely and failure is almost inevitable.
  6. The team's efforts resulted in a mitigated failure, as they were able to salvage some progress.
  7. The initial failure was discouraging, but they learned and improved for the next attempt.
  8. Proper maintenance can help prevent mechanical failure in industrial equipment.
  9. The company faced criticism for its failure to comply with environmental regulations.
  10. The structural failure of the bridge led to its collapse during the storm.

These examples illustrate the various ways "failure" can be used to describe unsuccessful outcomes, actions, or performances in different contexts.

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