Definition of malfunction in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmalˈfəNG(k)SH(ə)n/


[no object]
(Of a piece of equipment or machinery) fail to function normally or satisfactorily: the unit is clearly malfunctioning
More example sentences
  • She also has a history of electronic equipment malfunctioning in her presence.
  • Only if the machine malfunctions should there be these manual counts.
  • That progress ended when the pump malfunctioned.
crash, go wrong, break down, fail, stop working, go down
informal conk out, go kaput, blow up, act up


A failure to function in a normal or satisfactory manner.
Example sentences
  • I've got a couple of equipment malfunctions which I'm struggling with.
  • Equipment malfunctions may result from poor design, incomplete qualification, or calibration or maintenance issues.
  • There were no malfunctions of any kind with any of the ball or duty loads.
crash, breakdown, fault, failure, bug
informal glitch

Words that rhyme with malfunction

compunction, conjunction, dysfunction, expunction, function, junction, multifunction, unction

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Syllabification: mal·func·tion

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