Simple Definition of loss
: failure to keep or to continue to have something
: the experience of having something taken from you or destroyed
: money that is spent and that is more than the amount earned or received
Full Definition of loss
2 a : the act of losing possession : deprivation <loss of sight> b : the harm or privation resulting from loss or separation c : an instance of losing
3 : a person or thing or an amount that is lost: as a plural : killed, wounded, or captured soldiers b : the power diminution of a circuit or circuit element corresponding to conversion of electrical energy into heat by resistance
4 a : failure to gain, win, obtain, or utilize b : an amount by which the cost of something exceeds its selling price
5 : decrease in amount, magnitude, or degree
6 : the amount of an insured's financial detriment by death or damage that the insurer is liable for
1 : uncertain as to how to proceed <was at a loss to explain the discrepancy>
2 : unable to produce what is needed <at a loss for words>
Examples of loss
The storm caused widespread loss of electricity.
The company's losses for the year were higher than expected.
A careless error resulted in the loss of the game.
The team suffered a 3–2 loss in the last game.
The team has an equal number of wins and losses.
the party's losses in the recent election
Origin of loss
Middle English los, probably back-formation from lost, past participle of losen to lose
First Known Use: 13th century
LOSS Defined for Kids
Definition of loss
1 : the act or fact of losing something <a loss of courage>
2 : harm or distress that comes from losing something or someone <We all felt the loss when he left.>
3 : something that is lost <weight loss>
4 : failure to win <It was the team's first loss.>
: unsure of how to proceed
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