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[n] the act of losing; "everyone expected him to win so his loss was a shock"
[n] the disadvantage that results from losing something; "his loss of credibility led to his resignation"; "losing him is no great deprivation"
[n] the experience of losing a loved one; "he sympathized on the loss of their grandfather"
[n] euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his passing"
[n] military personnel lost by death or capture
[n] the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue; "the company operated at a loss last year"
[n] something that is lost; "the car was a total loss"; "loss of livestock left the rancher bankrupt"
[n] gradual decline in amount or activity; "weight loss"; "a serious loss of business"



Misc. Definitions

\Loss\, n. [AS. los loss, losing, fr. le['o]san to lose. ?. See {Lose}, v. t.]
1. The act of losing; failure; destruction; privation; as, the loss of property; loss of money by gaming; loss of health or reputation. Assured loss before the match be played. --Shak.
2. The state of losing or having lost; the privation, defect, misfortune, harm, etc., which ensues from losing. Though thou repent, yet I have still the loss. --Shak
3. That which is lost or from which one has parted; waste; -- opposed to {gain} or {increase}; as, the loss of liquor by leakage was considerable.
4. The state of being lost or destroyed; especially, the wreck or foundering of a ship or other vessel.
5. Failure to gain or win; as, loss of a race or battle.
6. Failure to use advantageously; as, loss of time.
7. (Mil.) Killed, wounded, and captured persons, or captured property.
8. (Insurance) Destruction or diminution of value, if brought about in a manner provided for in the insurance contract (as destruction by fire or wreck, damage by water or smoke), or the death or injury of an insured person; also, the sum paid or payable therefor; as, the losses of the company this year amount to a million of dollars. {To bear a loss}, to make a loss good; also, to sustain a loss without sinking under it. {To be at a loss}, to be in a state of uncertainty. Syn: Privation; detriment; injury; damage.

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