loss


loss
loss [ lɔs ] noun ***
▸ 1 no longer having something
▸ 2 having less than before
▸ 3 failure to win race etc.
▸ 4 money lost
▸ 5 death of someone
▸ 6 sadness from death/loss
▸ 7 disadvantage from loss
▸ + PHRASES
1. ) count or uncount 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
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.
b ) used about a feeling, quality, attitude, etc. that you stop having:
loss of: a loss of confidence
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. ) count or uncount 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. ) count a failure to win a race, competition, fight, etc: DEFEAT:
loss to: the Indians' loss to the Yankees last night
─ opposite WIN
4. ) count or uncount 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 house sale.
5. ) count or uncount 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.
a ) loss of life FORMAL the deaths of a lot of people in an accident, war, etc.:
There was only minor damage to property and no loss of life.
heavy losses (=when a lot of people die): Despite heavy losses, the battalion regrouped and fought on.
6. ) uncount 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. ) 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.
at a loss for words
not knowing what to say, especially because you are very surprised or shocked
at a loss (to do something)
confused and not knowing what to do:
I was at a loss to understand what had happened.
it's someone's loss
used for saying that if someone does not do something, they will not get an advantage
loss of face
the state of no longer being respected by people because of something you have done
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Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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