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noun loss pronunciation in British English /lɒs/ 
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  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.

    job losses

    loss of:

    the loss of the Titanic

    1. a.
      used about a natural ability that you do not have any longer

      He suffered hearing loss following an illness.

      loss of:

      The loss of his sight was a severe blow.

    2. 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.

  3. 3
    [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.

    make a loss (on something):

    We made a loss on the house sale.

  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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