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deficit

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noun def·i·cit \ˈde-fə-sət, British also di-ˈfis-ət or ˈdē-fə-sət\

Simple Definition of deficit

  • : an amount (such as an amount of money) that is less than the amount that is needed

  • : the amount by which a person or team is behind in a game or contest

  • : a problem that causes a decrease in some ability

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of deficit

  1. 1 a (1) :  deficiency in amount or quality <a deficit in rainfall> (2) :  a lack or impairment in a functional capacity <cognitive deficits> <a hearing deficit> b :  disadvantage <scored two runs to overcome a 2–1 deficit>

  2. 2 a :  an excess of expenditure over revenue b :  a loss in business operations

Examples of deficit in a sentence

  1. The government is facing a deficit of $3 billion.

  2. We will reduce the federal budget deficit.

  3. The team overcame a four-point deficit to win the game.

  4. She has a slight hearing deficit in her left ear.



Origin of deficit

French déficit, from Latin deficit it is wanting, 3d singular present indicative of deficere


First Known Use: 1782



DEFICIT Defined for Kids

deficit

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noun def·i·cit \ˈde-fə-sət\

Definition of deficit for Students

  1. :  a shortage especially in money




Medical Dictionary

deficit

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noun de·fi·cit \ˈdef-(ə-)sət; British also di-ˈfis-ət, ˈdē-fə-sət\

Medical Definition of deficit

  1. :  a deficiency of a substance <a potassium deficit>; also :  a lack or impairment of a functional capacity <cognitive deficits>





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