I. defect de‧fect 1 [dɪˈfekt,ˈdiːfekt] noun [countable]
MANUFACTURING a fault in something that means it is not perfect:

• They recalled the vehicles because of brake defects.

• an effort to improve customer satisfaction and reduce product defects

• a possible safety defect with the plane's autopilot

ˌlatent deˈfect [countable] LAW COMMERCE
a fault something has, but which cannot be seen. When something is sold, for example a house or a car, the seller must tell the buyer of any latent defects which they know about:

• There was a latent defect present in the goods at the time of delivery.

ˌzero deˈfects
[plural] MANUFACTURING when a product or system has no faults at all, especially when this is the aim of the company making the product or using the system:

• The plant ran with zero defects the day it opened.

• They are moving from Total Quality Management toward Zero-Defects Management (= a way of managing production so that there are no defects ) .

  [m0] II. defect de‧fect 2 [dɪˈfekt] verb [intransitive] JOURNALISM
1. if the buyer of one product defects to another product, they stop buying the first one and start buying the second one:

• They tried to retain customers who might defect to a credit card with a lower interest rate.

2. if an employee working for a particular company defects, they leave it and start working for another:

• Although several senior employees have defected, it's not true that there's any kind of mass walkout.

— defector noun [countable] :

• When a group of his partners announced they were leaving, the firm prevented the defectors from entering their offices.

— defection noun [countable, uncountable] :

• The big investment bank has been hit by client defections.

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defect UK US /ˈdiːfekt/ noun [C]
COMMERCE, PRODUCTION a fault that spoils something or causes it not to work correctly: »

product defects


The report cited structural defects as the reason for the demolition of the building.


correct/remedy/rectify a defect


a major/serious/minor defect


a design/manufacturing defect

defect UK US /dɪˈfekt/ verb [I]
WORKPLACE to leave one company or organization and form or join another: defect from/to sth »

Many of our sales team have defected to the competition.

COMMERCE, MARKETING to stop buying a particular product or service and buy a different one instead: defect from/to sth »

Millions of customers defected to rival telecommunications companies.

POLITICS to leave your country or group and join another because you disagree with the ideas of those in control: »

He's a pilot who defected to the United States.

defection noun [C or U]

Since the introduction of the new tariff, there have been fewer customer defections.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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