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English definition of “loss”


noun [C/U] (NOT HAVING)   /lɔs/
the action or state of not having or keeping something any more: [C] The company’s losses over the last few years have been staggering . Loss may mean death : [U] They never got over the loss of their son .
(Definition of loss noun (NOT HAVING) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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