Definition and Meanings for loss

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Loss is ranked 788 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of loss

noun, transitive verb

Etymology of loss

as. los loss, losing, fr. le to lose. lose, v. t.pos

Meaning of loss


as noun, transitive verb

  • the act of losing; failure; destruction; privation; as, the loss of property; loss of money by gaming; loss of health or reputation.
  • the state of losing or having lost; the privation, defect, misfortune, harm, etc., which ensues from losing.
  • that which is lost or from which one has parted; waste; -- opposed to gain or increase; as, the loss of liquor by leakage was considerable.
  • the state of being lost or destroyed; especially, the wreck or foundering of a ship or other vessel.
  • failure to gain or win; as, loss of a race or battle.
  • failure to use advantageously; as, loss of time.
  • killed, wounded, and captured persons, or captured property.
  • destruction or diminution of value, if brought about in a manner provided for in the insurance contract (as destruction by fire or wreck, damage by water or smoke), or the death or injury of an insured person; also, the sum paid or payable therefor; as, the losses of the company this year amount to a million of dollars.
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