(of a machine, etc.) to fail to work correctly He was killed when his parachute malfunctioned. malfunctioning body cellsverbjump to other results
NAmE//ˌmælˈfʌŋkʃn//[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they malfunction
he / she / it malfunctions
past simple malfunctioned
-ing form malfunctioning
The drug caused a malfunction in the brain.
malfunction noun [countable, uncountable]jump to other results