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Definition of "loss" []

  • The act or an instance of losing: nine losses during the football season. (noun)
  • One that is lost: wrote their flooded house off as a loss. (noun)
  • The condition of being deprived or bereaved of something or someone: mourning their loss. (noun)
  • The amount of something lost: selling at a 50 percent loss. (noun)
  • The harm or suffering caused by losing or being lost. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "loss" in a sentence
  • "The loss of his time was the _master's loss_, and _not_ the servant's."
  • "II. iv.90 (57,2) [But in the loss of question,] The _loss_ of question I do not well understand, and should rather read,"
  • "I shall count my country _lost_, in the loss of the primitive _principles_, and the primitive _practices_, upon which it was at first established: but certainly one good way to save that _loss_, would be to do something, that the memory of _the great things done for us by our God_, may not be _lost_, and that the story of the circumstances attending the _foundation_ and _formation_ of this country, and of its _preservation_ hitherto, may be impartially handed unto posterity."