Meaning of LOSS in English

/ lɒs; NAmE lɔːs/ noun


[ U , C , usually sing. ] the state of no longer having sth or as much of sth; the process that leads to this :

I want to report the loss of a package.

loss of blood

weight loss

The closure of the factory will lead to a number of job losses .

When she died I was filled with a sense of loss .

loss of earnings (= the money you do not earn because you are prevented from working)


[ C ] money that has been lost by a business or an organization :

The company has announced net losses of $1.5 million.

We made a loss on (= lost money on) the deal.

We are now operating at a loss .

OPP profit


[ C , U ] the death of a person :

The loss of his wife was a great blow to him.

Enemy troops suffered heavy losses .

The drought has led to widespread loss of life .


[ sing. ] the disadvantage that is caused when sb leaves or when a useful or valuable object is taken away; a person who causes a disadvantage by leaving :

Her departure is a big loss to the school.

She will be a great loss to the school.

If he isn't prepared to accept this money, then that's his loss .

—see also dead loss


[ C ] a failure to win a contest :

Brazil's 2–1 loss to Argentina


- at a loss

- cut your losses



Old English los destruction , of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse los breaking up of the ranks of an army and loose ; later probably a back-formation from lost , past participle of lose .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.