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Definition of default verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    default

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪˈfɔːlt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfɔːlt//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈdiːfɔːlt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːfɔːlt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they default
    BrE BrE//dɪˈfɔːlt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfɔːlt//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈdiːfɔːlt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːfɔːlt//
     
    he / she / it defaults
    BrE BrE//dɪˈfɔːlts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfɔːlts//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈdiːfɔːlts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːfɔːlts//
     
    past simple defaulted
    BrE BrE//dɪˈfɔːltɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfɔːltɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈdiːfɔːltɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːfɔːltɪd//
     
    past participle defaulted
    BrE BrE//dɪˈfɔːltɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfɔːltɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈdiːfɔːltɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːfɔːltɪd//
     
    -ing form defaulting
    BrE BrE//dɪˈfɔːltɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfɔːltɪŋ//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈdiːfɔːltɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːfɔːltɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] default (on something) to fail to do something that you legally have to do, especially by not paying a debt to default on a loan/debt defaulting borrowers/tenants
  2. 2[intransitive] default (to something) (computing) to happen when you do not make any other choice or change
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French defaut, from defaillir ‘to fail’, based on Latin fallere ‘disappoint, deceive’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: default