malfunction

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EtymologyEdit

 
A malfunctioning electronic display at Bras Basah MRT Station in Singapore

From mal- (bad, incorrect) + function.

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NounEdit

malfunction (plural malfunctions)

  1. Faulty functioning.
    Synonyms: dysfunction, misfunction
  2. Failure to function.

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VerbEdit

malfunction (third-person singular simple present malfunctions, present participle malfunctioning, simple past and past participle malfunctioned)

  1. To function improperly.
    She told him the machine was poorly built, but they both knew that she was the one who had malfunctioned.
  2. To fail to function.

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