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American English: /ˈfeɪljər/
British English: /ˈfeɪljə/

Translation of failure in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 uncountable (of business, marriage, talks) the plan is doomed to end in failure
    el plan está condenado al fracaso
    1.2 countable (unsuccessful thing, attempt)
    (before noun) failure rate
    proporción (feminine) de quiebras
    índice (masculine) de fracaso escolar
    Example sentences
    • Remember, there are no failures in the business of plan implementation, only feedback.
    • There are 22,000 schools in Britain, many, by this Government's own reckoning, failures in the business of education.
    • Cassie is considered somewhat a failure since she was unsuccessful in joining the school's social elite.
    Example sentences
    • This has led to a worldwide assault on auto workers' jobs, as well as business failures, including the bankruptcy announcement earlier this month by Daewoo Motors of South Korea.
    • This coincides with rising or record levels of poverty, homelessness, job insecurity, personal bankruptcies and small business failures.
    • Are we going to see more closures or failures in the ISP business?
    1.3 countable (person) I feel such a failure
    me siento fracasado
    soy un fracaso
    1.4 countable or uncountable (breakdown) See examples:structural failure
    defecto (masculine) estructural
    heart/kidney/respiratory failure
    insuficiencia (feminine) cardíaca/renal/respiratoria
    the progressive failure of her faculties
    el deterioro progresivo de sus facultades
    Example sentences
    • Kidney failure occurs when kidney function deteriorates to such an extent that death will occur without renal replacement therapy such as haemodialysis.
    • The damage can lead to poor liver function and liver failure.
    • This is important for patients with impaired kidney function or liver failure who cannot clear the extra ammonia.
  • 2 (expressing negation) failure to + infinitivefailure to carry out the instructions
    el incumplimiento de las órdenes
    her failure to understand …
    el (hecho de) que no entendiera/entienda …
    they were criticized for their failure to protect their clients' interests
    se los criticó por no haber protegido los intereses de sus clientes
    Example sentences
    • The strictest compliance was expected and failure to comply meant harsh punishment.
    • There is no requirement that failure to comply with these provisions has any causative relationship to the making of the statement.
    • Colleges could face stiff sanctions for failure to comply with requirements, the bill states.

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