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noun loss pronunciation in American English /lɔs/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the state of not having something anymore because it has been taken from you or destroyed
    It was an ancient car anyway, so it was no great loss.
    job losses
    loss of: the loss of the Titanic
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    1. a.
      used about a natural ability that you do not have anymore
      He suffered hearing loss following an illness.
      loss of: The loss of his sight was a severe blow.
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    2. b.
      used about a feeling, quality, attitude, etc. that you stop having
      loss of: a loss of confidence
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    3. c.
      used about a part of your body that you do not have anymore because of an accident, illness, etc.
      a new treatment for hair loss
      loss of: insurance that also covers loss of limbs or eyes
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] the state of having less of something than before because some of it has gone
    Exercise and weight loss can help lower your blood pressure.
    loss of: She was offered compensation for loss of earnings.
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  3. 3
    [countable] a failure to win a race, competition, fight, etc.
    loss to: the Indians’ loss to the Yankees last night
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  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] business money that a person, company, organization, etc. loses when it spends more than it earns
    company losses in excess of $25 million
    The company reported heavy losses for last year.
    make a loss: They made a net loss of $350 million.
    at a loss: The company was sold at a loss of $2 million.
    take a loss (on something): We took a loss on the sale of our house.
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  5. 5
    [countable/uncountable] the death of someone
    Many sympathies on your sad loss.
    loss of: Jean never recovered from the loss of her husband.
    mourn the loss of someone: The hospital is mourning the loss of a pioneering surgeon.
  6. 6
    [uncountable] a feeling of sadness that you have when someone leaves or dies, or when you do not have something anymore
    a sense of loss: We all felt a tremendous sense of loss when Robin left.
  7. 7
    [singular] a disadvantage that you have when someone leaves or when you cannot use something anymore
    the loss of 12 fully-trained doctors
    a great loss to: If the school closes, it will be a great loss to the community.



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