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deficit

noun [C] uk   /ˈdef.ɪ.sɪt/ us  
C1 the total amount by which money spent is more than money received: The country is running a balance-of-payments/budget/trade deficit of $250 million. The UK's deficit in manufactured goods fell slightly in the last three months.
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