deficit

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

Definition of deficit

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

  2. 2a :  an excess of expenditure over revenue facing a deficit of $3 billion raise taxes to help reduce the budget deficitb :  a loss (see loss 4b) in business operations the year's operating deficit

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.

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Origin and Etymology of deficit

French déficit, from Latin deficit it is wanting, 3rd singular present indicative of deficere —see 1deficient



DEFICIT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of deficit for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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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