loss noun

1 losing of sb/sth

ADJ. appreciable, dramatic, great, major, serious, significant, substantial, tremendous The ship sank with great loss of life. She suffered a significant loss of hearing after the operation. | slight | total | temporary | permanent | sad His death is a sad loss to all who knew him. | blood, hair, hearing, weight Weight loss can be a sign of a serious illness. | job The company is expected to announce 200 job losses.

VERB + LOSS mourn China mourned the loss of a great leader.

PREP. ~ of loss of appetite loss of confidence

PHRASES no great loss She wouldn't be able to attend the lecture, which was no great loss. | a sense of loss She was filled with an overwhelming sense of loss.

2 amount of money lost

ADJ. heavy, huge, massive | slight, small | net | pre-tax | overall, total | economic, financial | trading

VERB + LOSS incur, make, suffer, sustain There's no way you can make a loss on this deal. The business sustained losses of £20 million. | cut, minimize He decided to cut his losses and sell the shares before they sank further. | recoup, recover It took the firm five years to recoup its losses. | offset We can offset the loss against next year's budget. | underwrite No bank would be willing to underwrite such a loss.

PREP. at a ~ The bookshop was operating at a loss. | ~ on We made a net loss on the transaction.

3 sb/sth lost/killed

ADJ. big, great, heavy, severe The enemy suffered heavy losses.

VERB + LOSS suffer, sustain, take | inflict Fighter planes inflicted heavy losses on the enemy.