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noun 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 lossC2 [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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