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English noun: loss

1. loss (possession) something that is lost

SamplesThe car was a total loss.
Loss of livestock left the rancher bankrupt.

Broader (hypernym)transferred possession, transferred property

Narrower (hyponym)financial loss, forfeit, forfeiture, sacrifice, wastage

2. loss (process) gradual decline in amount or activity

SamplesWeight loss.
A serious loss of business.

Broader (hypernym)decline, diminution

Narrower (hyponym)epilation, reducing

3. loss (act) the act of losing someone or something

SamplesEveryone expected him to win so his loss was a shock.

Broader (hypernym)failure

Narrower (hyponym)capitulation, default, fall, surrender

4. loss (attribute) the disadvantage that results from losing something

SamplesHis loss of credibility led to his resignation.
Losing him is no great deprivation.


Broader (hypernym)disadvantage

5. loss (event) the experience of losing a loved one

SamplesHe sympathized on the loss of their grandfather.

Broader (hypernym)experience

6. loss (possession) the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue

SamplesThe company operated at a loss last year.
The company operated in the red last year.

Synonymsred, red ink

Broader (hypernym)amount, amount of money, sum, sum of money

Narrower (hyponym)paper loss, squeeze


7. loss (event) military personnel lost by death or capture

Synonymspersonnel casualty

Broader (hypernym)casualty

Narrower (hyponym)combat injury, injury, sacrifice, wound

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

8. loss (event) euphemistic expressions for death

SamplesThousands mourned his passing.

Synonymsdeparture, exit, expiration, going, passing, release

Broader (hypernym)death, decease, expiry

Domain usageeuphemism

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