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loss

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1 the act or an instance of not having or being able to find
  • he was upset over the loss of his wedding ring

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2 a person or thing harmed, lost, or destroyed
  • the platoon was able to accomplish its reconnaissance mission without any losses

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3 failure to win a contest
  • we're discouraged by our loss on Friday, but we're training hard for next week's game nevertheless

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4 the amount by which something is lessened
  • was determined to stay on the diet until he showed a loss of 10 pounds

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5 the state of being robbed of something normally enjoyed
  • her loss of sleep meant that she would have trouble concentrating at work the next day

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6 the state or fact of being rendered nonexistent, physically unsound, or useless
  • the loss of the oil tanker was more significant than the loss of its cargo

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The first known use of loss was in the 13th century

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“Loss.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/loss. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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