Definition of failed in English:


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Pronunciation: /feɪld


  • 1(Of an undertaking or a relationship) not achieving its end or not lasting; unsuccessful: a failed coup attempt
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    • It is reported that she had her share of physical problems such as epilepsy but her real problem was a series of failed relationships.
    • She is tired of her ‘Tragic Annie’ tag, the depressed woman with the string of failed relationships.
    • They believe that displaying the objects associated with a failed relationship is better therapy than destroying them.
  • 1.1(Of a person) unsuccessful in a particular activity: a failed writer
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    • I am a writer, some would say a failed writer, but really, how is it possible to fail at writing?
    • Copy editors can't be taken lightly and brushed off as a bunch of failed writers.
    • You can take your Olympians and your failed athletes, I'll stick with old Captain Bob if its all the same.
  • 1.2(Of a business) unable to continue owing to financial difficulties: a failed transport company
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    • I was declared bankrupt after a failed business venture and then divorced my second wife.
    • Mr. Muhammad, who has a series of failed businesses in his past, hung up the telephone on a reporter who called for comment.
    • Many were curious about my failed business ventures and relocation to deepest West Sussex.
  • 2(Of a mechanism) not functioning properly: an aircraft with a failed engine
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    • Failing one engine, he brought the aircraft to a stall to stop the rotation of the failed engine's prop.
    • What is the quickest and most efficient way to determine the root cause of a failed transmission system?
    • The rescue craft is normally based at Cottage Point but for the last ten months has been idle because of a failed engine.

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