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LOSS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does loss mean? 

LOSS (noun)
  The noun LOSS has 8 senses:

1. the act of losing
2. something that is lost
3. the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue
4. gradual decline in amount or activity
5. the disadvantage that results from losing something
6. military personnel lost by death or capture
7. the experience of losing a loved one
8. euphemistic expressions for death

  Familiarity information: LOSS used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


LOSS (noun)


Sense 1loss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of losing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

everyone expected him to win so his loss was a shock

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

failure (an act that fails)

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

capitulation; fall; surrender (the act of surrendering (under agreed conditions))


Sense 2loss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something that is lost

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Context examples:

the car was a total loss / loss of livestock left the rancher bankrupt

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

transferred possession; transferred property (a possession whose ownership changes or lapses)

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

wastage (anything lost by wear or waste)

sacrifice (a loss entailed by giving up or selling something at less than its value)

financial loss (loss of money or decrease in financial value)

forfeit; forfeiture (something that is lost or surrendered as a penalty)


Sense 3loss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Synonyms:

red ink; loss; red

Context examples:

the company operated at a loss last year / the company operated in the red last year

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

amount; amount of money; sum; sum of money (a quantity of money)

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

paper loss (an unrealized loss on an investment calculated by subtracting the current market price from the investor's cost)

squeeze (a situation in which increased costs cannot be passed on to the customer)

Antonym:

gain (the amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its cost of operating)


Sense 4loss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Gradual decline in amount or activity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Context examples:

weight loss / a serious loss of business

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

decline; diminution (change toward something smaller or lower)

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

epilation (loss of hair; the result of removing hair)

reducing (loss of excess weight (as by dieting); becoming slimmer)


Sense 5loss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The disadvantage that results from losing something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

deprivation; loss

Context examples:

his loss of credibility led to his resignation / losing him is no great deprivation

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

disadvantage (the quality of having an inferior or less favorable position)


Sense 6loss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Military personnel lost by death or capture

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

personnel casualty; loss

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

casualty (a decrease of military personnel or equipment)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)

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

combat injury; injury; wound (a casualty to military personnel resulting from combat)

sacrifice (personnel that are sacrificed (e.g., surrendered or lost in order to gain an objective))


Sense 7loss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The experience of losing a loved one

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

he sympathized on the loss of their grandfather

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

experience (an event as apprehended)


Sense 8loss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Euphemistic expressions for death

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

passing; going; expiration; exit; departure; release; loss

Context example:

thousands mourned his passing

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

death; decease; expiry (the event of dying or departure from life)


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