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To default on a financial or other obligation is to fail to pay the amount owing or to fail to perform a task agreed to by two or more persons.

  • When they lost their jobs, Marek and Dimitri defaulted on their mortgage and lost their home.
  • She defaulted on her promise to pay half of the rent.