[ US /dɪˈfɔɫt/ ]
[ UK /dɪfˈɒlt/ ]
  1. an option that is selected automatically unless an alternative is specified
  2. loss due to not showing up
    he lost the game by default
  3. act of failing to meet a financial obligation
  4. loss resulting from failure of a debt to be paid
  1. fail to pay up
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How To Use default In A Sentence

  • Most systems default to booting from either the floppy disk drive or the hard drive.
  • The default position is that UK employment rights remain unchanged. Times, Sunday Times
  • One way is to make it easier for a user to default to your engine - by embedding a toolbar on his desktop, say, or putting a search box into his browser window.
  • In other matches University made it two wins in a row with a 4-2 win over Whippersnappers, although University slipped back to their bad habits and defaulted the bottom two boards.
  • The first is that white defaults should percentagewise exceed black defaults on loans at that institution, because the black borrowers have been held to irrationally high standards by their racist lenders. The Volokh Conspiracy » The Further Left You Are the Less You Know About Economics:
  • We are confident that their reputation and persuasive skills will come in handy for the municipal authorities to collect taxes from defaulters, " said Bharat Sharma, a revenue officer.
  • Argentina is two weeks from defaulting on its sovereign debt. Times, Sunday Times
  • People who default on their mortgage repayments may have their home repossessed.
  • Greece's rating was downgraded to junk status last year owing to the risk of default. Times, Sunday Times
  • For years it was their default position. Times, Sunday Times
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