Definition of deficit
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
Examples of deficit in a Sentence
The government is facing a deficit of $3 billion.
We will reduce the federal budget deficit.
The team overcame a four-point deficit to win the game.
She has a slight hearing deficit in her left ear.
Recent Examples of deficit from the Web
The White House has been accused of using overly optimistic economic growth projections in justifying a tax cut that will not increase the budget deficit.
He's also railed against the U.S. trade deficit with the EU, which in 2016 was $146.3 billion.
President Donald Trump welcomed Vietnam’s prime minister to the White House Wednesday for talks focusing on the American trade deficit, while the Southeast Asian country is still shaken by Trump’s withdrawal from a regional commerce pact.
The Cavaliers pulled out a 109-108 victory in their heavily hyped Christmas Day matchup in Cleveland when Kyrie Irving made a turnaround jumper with 3.4 seconds remaining to complete a comeback from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit.
The U.S. had a $14 billion trade deficit with Germany in the first three months of this year.
The Wall Street Journal reported this move came following reports that President Donald Trump is crafting policies in response to the billion-dollar U.S. trade deficit with Germany.
Nevertheless, South Asia’s second-largest economy is starting to look vulnerable with its current account deficit tripling to $7.3 billion in the ten months through April.
Resident Juan Guillen objected to the hikes, saying that raising rates is not the way the city should be trying to balance its 2017-18 budget, in which the city is faced with a deficit of about $1 million.
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DEFICIT Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of deficit for Students
: a shortage especially in money
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