vb break down, develop a fault, fail, go wrong
n breakdown, defect, failure, fault, flaw, glitch, impairment
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malfunction ( malfunctions plural & 3rd person present) ( malfunctioning present participle) ( malfunctioned past tense & past participle ) If a machine or part of the body malfunctions, it fails to work properly.
The radiation can damage microprocessors and computer memories, causing them to malfunction... V
Malfunction is also a noun., n-count
There must have been a computer malfunction.
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