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 deficit>b : disadvantage <scored two runs to overcome a 2–1 deficit>
2a : an excess of expenditure over revenue <facing a deficit of $3 billion> <raise taxes to help reduce the budget deficit>b : a loss (see loss 4b) in business operations <the year's operating 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.
Origin and Etymology of deficit
French déficit, from Latin deficit it is wanting, 3d singular present indicative of deficere —see 1deficient
First Known Use: 1782
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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