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lossnoun [C/U]

 us   /lɔs/
  • loss noun [C/U] (NOT HAVING)

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.
  • loss noun [C/U] (NOT CONTROLLING)

the action or state of not maintaining or having control over something any more: [C] He suffered a gradual loss of memory in his later years.
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"loss" in British English

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lossnoun

uk   /lɒs/  us   /lɑːs/
B2 [C or U] the fact that you no longer have something or have less of something: Many parents feel a sense of loss when their children leave home. He suffered a gradual loss of memory. There will be substantial job losses if the factory closes down. blood/hair/weight loss
C2 [S] a disadvantage caused by someone leaving or by something being taken away: It would be a great loss to the department if you left.
B2 [C or U] the death of a person: They never got over the loss of their son.
C1 [C] a situation in which a business spends more money than it earns: The company announced a pre-tax loss of three million dollars.
loss of life
an occasion when a number of people die: The plane crashed with serious loss of life.

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"loss" in Business English

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lossnoun

uk   us   /lɒs/
[C or U] a situation in which you no longer have something or have less of something, or the process that causes this: The loss of jobs in the convenience food industry seems inevitable.loss of earnings/income/pay She received compensation for loss of earnings through the illness.a loss in sth The new road will cause losses in economic value to many local properties.
[C] FINANCE, COMMERCE a situation in which a business or an organization spends more money than it earns, or loses money in another way: announce/post/report a loss (of sth) The company announced a loss of €1.3m last year. a loss in revenue big/financial/heavy losses a net/operating loss a pre-tax/after-tax lossincur/make/realize a loss In a bid to attract customers, some insurers may even be making a loss on contracts marketed to certain key buyers. a loss on an investment/a sale
[C] STOCK MARKET a situation in which the value of shares goes down: a loss in sth Gains in oil and gas were partly offset by losses in consumer products and precious metals.
[U] INSURANCE a situation in which property is damaged, lost, or stolen, and an insurance company must pay to replace it: We will cover your house contents against accidental loss or damage during the removal.
[C] a disadvantage caused by someone leaving an organization: be a loss to sb/sth It would be a great loss to the department if you left.
loss of face
a situation in which someone loses the respect of other people because of something they have done: His first deal with the company had turned into a very public loss of face.
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