Definition of loss in English:

loss

noun

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

    ‘avoiding loss of time’
    [count noun] ‘funding cuts will lead to 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.’
    • ‘Critics lost no time in dissecting the losses these terms entailed for the city.’
    • ‘It has a reserve built up from past profits that has so far coped with losses.’
    • ‘His own school is facing job losses as it is in the process of moving from two forms of entry to one.’
    • ‘The reason for the possible job losses is possible barrack closures at the Garrison.’
    • ‘The bank did not say how many job losses the branch closure programme would entail.’
    • ‘I would like to transfer the business into a clean company that will not show heavy losses.’
    • ‘Farmers hoped to send their animals to early slaughter to avoid financial losses.’
    • ‘The closer you are to retirement the harder it will be to make up the losses.’
    • ‘Many firefighters at a local level will want to confront the cuts and job losses.’
    • ‘If a company has no directors, customers cannot take action to recover their 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.’
    • ‘She said there would have to be job losses, but no decision had yet been made from which areas of the trust.’
    • ‘Both had posted losses throughout the session, but stabilized near the close.’
    • ‘They have admitted the financial crisis could mean more job losses and ward closures.’
    • ‘Post Office chiefs insist drastic action is needed to stem huge financial losses.’
    • ‘Profit warnings announced earlier in the year are now feeding through into job losses.’
    • ‘In good years, profits from the second half more than cover losses from the first half.’
    mislaying, misplacement, dropping, forgetting, overlooking
    deprivation, disappearance, losing, privation, forfeiture, waste, squandering, dissipation
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    1. 1.1An 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. 1.2The feeling of grief after losing someone or something of value.
      ‘I feel a terrible sense of loss’
      • ‘What is it that makes us think we have the right to view other people's pain, loss and grief?’
      • ‘Everyone feels a sense of loss and grief, only some feel it harder than others.’
      • ‘Nothing can replace this loss, and our grief is ever before us.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘How are we to make sense of our shock and grief and loss in Phil's death?’
      • ‘Several of her poems are marked by pain, a sense of loss and nostalgia.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then who speaks for those whose grief, loss and suffering is not known to us?’
      • ‘We have all experienced some psychological trauma, loss or grief.’
      • ‘She highlighted very eloquently the pain and loss of personal grief.’
      • ‘The reading as well as the writing of poetry can help people suffering from grief and loss.’
      • ‘The large crowds at the funeral ceremonies reflected the sense of loss and grief felt throughout the neighbourhood.’
      • ‘The pain of loss and grief of the relatives of those killed has been widely covered and is sometimes too painful to bare.’
      • ‘Doesn't this invalidate people that are feeling other things such as grief, sadness, loss, anger right now?’
      • ‘The process of conflict resolution requires the equal acknowledgement of the grief and loss of others.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We are all subject to the pain of loss, grief, sadness and even plain disappointment.’
    3. 1.3[in singular]A person who or thing that is badly missed when lost.
      ‘he will be a great loss to many people’
      • ‘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 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 great loss to the Trien community and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.’
      • ‘He is a loss to all who knew him and even to those, like us, who had not yet met him.’

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/