loss


loss
noun
1 NO LONGER HAVING STH (C, U) the fact of no longer having something you used to have: Job losses were common in the 1980s.
(+ of): a temporary loss of memory | weight/blood etc loss | rapid hair loss
2 MONEY (C, U) money that has been lost by a business, person, government etc: losses amounting to -12,000 | profit and loss | make a loss: The company made a loss of $250,000 in its first year. | sell/operate sth at a loss (=sell something or do something with the result that you have less money than you had in the beginning)
3 LIFE (C, U) the death of someone: My sympathy for your loss. (=of someone you love) | suffer heavy losses: The US forces withdrew after suffering heavy losses. | loss of life formal: The blaze was overcome without loss of life.
4 be at a loss to be confused and uncertain about what to do or say: I was at a complete loss as to how to find the money in time. | be at a loss for words (=be unable to think what to say)
5 FEELING (U) a feeling of being sad or lonely because someone or something is not there any more: sense of loss: I still feel an aching sense of loss, even though Allen died four years ago.
6 PROBLEM (singular) a disadvantage caused by someone or something leaving or being removed: a great loss: We see your going as a great loss to the company.
7 that's your/their loss spoken used to say that something will affect someone in a much worse way than it will affect you: Well, if he doesn't want to come it's his loss.
8 GAME (C) an occasion on which a competition or game is lost; defeat 2
(+ to): The loss to the Lions meant we were out of the playoffs. -see also: cut your losses cut 1 (31), a dead loss dead 1 (13)

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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