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DEFICIT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does deficit mean? 

DEFICIT (noun)
  The noun DEFICIT has 4 senses:

1. the property of being an amount by which something is less than expected or required
2. a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning
3. (sports) the score by which a team or individual is losing
4. an excess of liabilities over assets (usually over a certain period)

  Familiarity information: DEFICIT used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEFICIT (noun)


Sense 1deficit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The property of being an amount by which something is less than expected or required

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

deficit; shortage; shortfall

Context example:

new blood vessels bud out from the already dilated vascular bed to make up the nutritional deficit

Hypernyms ("deficit" is a kind of...):

deficiency; inadequacy; insufficiency (lack of an adequate quantity or number)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "deficit"):

oxygen deficit (temporary oxygen shortage in cells resulting from strenuous exercise)


Sense 2deficit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context examples:

the people concerned have a deficit in verbal memory / they have serious linguistic deficits

Hypernyms ("deficit" is a kind of...):

deficiency; lack; want (the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable)


Sense 3deficit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(sports) the score by which a team or individual is losing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Hypernyms ("deficit" is a kind of...):

score (a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest)

Domain category:

athletics; sport (an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition)

Antonym:

lead ((sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning)


Sense 4deficit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An excess of liabilities over assets (usually over a certain period)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Context example:

last year there was a serious budgetary deficit

Hypernyms ("deficit" is a kind of...):

liabilities (anything that is owed to someone else)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "deficit"):

budget deficit (an excess of expenditures over revenues)

trade deficit (an excess of imports over exports)


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