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noun     loss pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the state of no longer having something because it has been taken from you or destroyed

    It was an ancient car anyway, so it was no great loss.

    loss of:

    the loss of the Titanic

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    1. a.
      used about a natural ability that you do not have any longer
      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 any longer 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/uncountable] business money that a person, company, organization etc loses when it spends more than it earns
    make a loss:

    They made a net loss of £350 million.

    at a loss:

    The company was sold at a loss of £2 million.

    make a loss (on something):

    We made a loss on the house sale.

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  4. 4
    [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.

  5. 5
    [uncountable] a feeling of sadness that you have when someone leaves or dies, or when you no longer have something
    a sense of loss:

    We all felt a tremendous sense of loss when Robin left.

  6. 6
    [singular] a disadvantage that you have when someone leaves or when you cannot use something any longer

    the loss of 12 fully-trained doctors

    a great loss to:

    If the school closes, it will be a great loss to the community.

  7. 7
    [countable] a failure to win a race, competition, fight etc
    loss to:

    Manchester United’s loss to Liverpool at Anfield last week

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