Definition of loss in English:

loss

noun

mass noun
  • 1The fact or process of losing something or someone.

    ‘avoiding loss of time’
    count noun ‘funding cuts will lead to job losses’
    • ‘Any job losses will be dealt with through collective bargaining and on a voluntary basis.’
    • ‘He fears that the morale of the county will be unable to cope with further job losses.’
    • ‘He is now under fire for the losses suffered and the subsequent hit to the company's dividend.’
    • ‘In later proceedings it was held that the applicant had not in fact suffered such losses.’
    • ‘She said there would have to be job losses, but no decision had yet been made from which areas of the trust.’
    • ‘I would like to transfer the business into a clean company that will not show heavy losses.’
    • ‘Profit warnings announced earlier in the year are now feeding through into job losses.’
    • ‘They have admitted the financial crisis could mean more job losses and ward closures.’
    • ‘Critics lost no time in dissecting the losses these terms entailed for the city.’
    • ‘The bank did not say how many job losses the branch closure programme would entail.’
    • ‘His own school is facing job losses as it is in the process of moving from two forms of entry to one.’
    • ‘Post Office chiefs insist drastic action is needed to stem huge financial losses.’
    • ‘It has a reserve built up from past profits that has so far coped with losses.’
    • ‘In good years, profits from the second half more than cover losses from the first half.’
    • ‘Both had posted losses throughout the session, but stabilized near the close.’
    • ‘Many firefighters at a local level will want to confront the cuts and job losses.’
    • ‘Farmers hoped to send their animals to early slaughter to avoid financial losses.’
    • ‘The reason for the possible job losses is possible barrack closures at the Garrison.’
    • ‘If a company has no directors, customers cannot take action to recover their losses.’
    • ‘The closer you are to retirement the harder it will be to make up the losses.’
    mislaying, misplacement, dropping, forgetting, overlooking
    deprivation, disappearance, losing, privation, forfeiture, waste, squandering, dissipation
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 An amount of money lost by a business or organization.
      ‘insurance can protect you against financial loss’
      count noun ‘we have incurred huge losses’
      in combination ‘loss-making industries’
    2. 1.2 The feeling of grief after losing someone or something of value.
      ‘I feel a terrible sense of loss’
      • ‘The centre now offers a group program dealing with grief and loss as well as training for men wishing to be involved in community work.’
      • ‘What is it that makes us think we have the right to view other people's pain, loss and grief?’
      • ‘Nothing can replace this loss, and our grief is ever before us.’
      • ‘She highlighted very eloquently the pain and loss of personal grief.’
      • ‘There would be an immense sense of grief and loss, thoughts of what might have been and cannot now be.’
      • ‘You should be careful of people's deeply felt grief and sense of loss before you dismiss them as selfish cynics.’
      • ‘The pain of loss and grief of the relatives of those killed has been widely covered and is sometimes too painful to bare.’
      • ‘The large crowds at the funeral ceremonies reflected the sense of loss and grief felt throughout the neighbourhood.’
      • ‘Several of her poems are marked by pain, a sense of loss and nostalgia.’
      • ‘We have all experienced some psychological trauma, loss or grief.’
      • ‘How are we to make sense of our shock and grief and loss in Phil's death?’
      • ‘We are all subject to the pain of loss, grief, sadness and even plain disappointment.’
      • ‘The process of conflict resolution requires the equal acknowledgement of the grief and loss of others.’
      • ‘Everyone feels a sense of loss and grief, only some feel it harder than others.’
      • ‘All parents who have lost children at any age or in any circumstances and who feel the pain of loss and grief are welcome to attend.’
      • ‘Doesn't this invalidate people that are feeling other things such as grief, sadness, loss, anger right now?’
      • ‘Then who speaks for those whose grief, loss and suffering is not known to us?’
      • ‘The reading as well as the writing of poetry can help people suffering from grief and loss.’
      • ‘Can you say something about your poems being so preoccupied with grief and loss, and the suffering brought to you by the suffering of another person?’
      • ‘She sniffed, and sighed from grief of her terrible loss of home and friends already.’
      injury, hurt, pain, suffering, distress, anguish, trauma, torment, grief
      View synonyms
    3. 1.3in singular A person who or thing that is badly missed when lost.
      ‘he will be a great loss to many people’
      • ‘He is a huge loss for the community and will be greatly missed by his cousins, friends and neighbours.’
      • ‘He will be a great loss and will be sadly missed by everybody at the club.’
      • ‘He is a loss to all who knew him and even to those, like us, who had not yet met him.’
      • ‘He was a true gentleman and he will be a great loss to his club, where he is rightly regarded as a legend, and indeed to Scottish football.’
      • ‘He is a great loss to the Trien community and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.’

Phrases

  • at a loss

    • 1Puzzled or uncertain what to think, say, or do.

      with infinitive ‘she became popular, and was at a loss to know why’
      ‘he was at a loss for words’
      • ‘It's an easy, catch all term that you can apply when you're at a loss for words.’
      • ‘Again I'm at a loss for words and mention something about how he's a man of great stature.’
      • ‘So, returning to the desk, I was momentarily at a loss for suitable Sunday activity.’
      • ‘I am at a loss for words to properly describe what I feel when I look at that article.’
      • ‘Luckily, they made plenty of other mistakes, so we were never at a loss for entertainment!’
      • ‘She seems to be at a loss for things to do, like thousands of others of her ilk.’
      • ‘I'm still at a loss for a word to describe this stupid, thoughtless insularity.’
      • ‘He seemed at a loss for words, and then he surprised me with a shy smile.’
      • ‘Needless to say I was at a loss for words and thought, is he being his humorous self or is he serious?’
      • ‘Then we were at a loss for what to do next till I mentioned bowling.’
      baffled, nonplussed, mystified, stumped, stuck, puzzled, perplexed, bewildered, bemused, uncomprehending, at sea, all at sea, at sixes and sevens, at one's wits' end, without ideas, confused, dumbfounded, blank
      View synonyms
    • 2Making less money than is spent buying, operating, or producing something.

      ‘a railway running at a loss’
      • ‘It could not meet its obligations to the company and continued to operate at a loss.’
      • ‘Others, even though they stayed open, generally operated at a loss in the winter months.’
      • ‘It also claims 27,000 of the kiosks are running at a loss which has led to the closure of hundreds of boxes around the country.’
      • ‘The country has been operating at a loss, as an economy, for a number of years.’
      • ‘In the past, we were able to write business at a loss because we were making good money on our investments.’
      • ‘Nothing's more fun to buy than something you're sure is being sold at a loss.’
      • ‘One contractor has said he does not intend to operate at a loss and will now re-evaluate his fees.’
      • ‘The other was borrowing substantial funds and operating at a loss continuously.’
      • ‘If any bus operator is running the business at a loss, he shall surrender the permit.’
      • ‘Bookings are falling because the building is in such a poor state, and so the building is operating at a loss.’

Origin

Old English los ‘destruction’, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse los ‘breaking up of the ranks of an army’ and loose; later probably a back-formation from lost, past participle of lose.

Pronunciation

loss

/lɒs/