loss

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[Loss]

If you no longer have something, you experience a loss, like the loss of a favorite sock. When something lessens, or gets smaller, that's also a loss, as in weight loss.

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The act of losing; failure; destruction; privation; as, the loss of property; loss of money by gaming; loss of health or reputation.

Noun
the act of losing; "everyone expected him to win so his loss was a shock"

Noun
the disadvantage that results from losing something; "his loss of credibility led to his resignation"; "losing him is no great deprivation"

Noun
the experience of losing a loved one; "he sympathized on the loss of their grandfather"

Noun
euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his passing"

Noun
military personnel lost by death or capture

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Noun
the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue; "the company operated at a loss last year"; "the company operated in the red last year"

Noun
something that is lost; "the car was a total loss"; "loss of livestock left the rancher bankrupt"

Noun
gradual decline in amount or activity; "weight loss"; "a serious loss of business"


v. t.
The act of losing; failure; destruction; privation; as, the loss of property; loss of money by gaming; loss of health or reputation.

v. t.
The state of losing or having lost; the privation, defect, misfortune, harm, etc., which ensues from losing.

v. t.
That which is lost or from which one has parted; waste; -- opposed to gain or increase; as, the loss of liquor by leakage was considerable.

v. t.
The state of being lost or destroyed; especially, the wreck or foundering of a ship or other vessel.

v. t.
Failure to gain or win; as, loss of a race or battle.

v. t.
Failure to use advantageously; as, loss of time.

v. t.
Killed, wounded, and captured persons, or captured property.

v. t.
Destruction or diminution of value, if brought about in a manner provided for in the insurance contract (as destruction by fire or wreck, damage by water or smoke), or the death or injury of an insured person; also, the sum paid or payable therefor; as, the losses of the company this year amount to a million of dollars.


Loss

Loss , n. [AS. los loss, losing, fr. le'a2san to lose. . See Lose, v. t.] 1. The act of losing; failure; destruction; privation; as, the loss of property; loss of money by gaming; loss of health or reputation.
Assured loss before the match be played.
2. The state of losing or having lost; the privation, defect, misfortune, harm, etc., which ensues from losing.
Though thou repent, yet I have still the loss.
3. That which is lost or from which one has parted; waste; -- opposed to gain or increase; as, the loss of liquor by leakage was considerable. 4. The state of being lost or destroyed; especially, the wreck or foundering of a ship or other vessel. 5. Failure to gain or win; as, loss of a race or battle. 6. Failure to use advantageously; as, loss of time. 7. (Mil.) Killed, wounded, and captured persons, or captured property. 8. (Insurance) Destruction or diminution of value, if brought about in a manner provided for in the insurance contract (as destruction by fire or wreck, damage by water or smoke), or the death or injury of an insured person; also, the sum paid or payable therefor; as, the losses of the company this year amount to a million of dollars. To bear a loss, to make a loss good; also, to sustain a loss without sinking under it. -- To be at a loss, to be in a state of uncertainty. Syn. -- Privation; detriment; injury; damage.

The act of losing; failure; destruction; privation; as, the loss of property; loss of money by gaming; loss of health or reputation.

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Usage Examples

At a certain age, death becomes familiar to you-or a loss becomes familiar-the tragedies that are more commonplace in life.

Children, dear and loving children, can alone console a woman for the loss of her beauty.

Acting in anger and hatred throughout my life, I frequently precipitated what I feared most, the loss of friendships and the need to rely upon the very people I'd abused.

And we know there has been horrendous loss of life and suffering and we know that there is anger. Anyone who came anywhere near the general election in constituencies with a substantial Muslim population knows that.

Accidents happen, whether they're car accidents, friendly fire, drug overdoses. Accidents happen, and they're tragic. It's like a bomb that goes off and pieces of shrapnel rip into the flesh of the family. It's the families that need the compassion, because everywhere they walk, every day, someone reminds them of their loss.

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

And yet, I suppose you mourn the loss or the death of what you thought your life was, even if you find your life is better after. You mourn the future that you thought you'd planned.

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Other Usage Examples

A large psychic void is left by a loss of faith. So many Catholics have tried so many things to replace it.

At a family's most difficult time, I want to make sure at a minimum that they have the very basic of comforts: the ability to grieve their loss privately and the knowledge that their country is grateful for their loved one's sacrifice and service.

As our federal government has grown too large and too powerful, the real loss has been the freedom of people to govern their own lives and participate fully in the American dream.

Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good in the hope of retaining another - too often ending in the loss of both.

After the break up of the municipality and the loss of his income my father lost health and spirits.

As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.

Every nation whose affairs betray a want of wisdom and stability may calculate on every loss which can be sustained from the more systematic policy of its wiser neighbors.

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