From Middle English los, from Old English los (“damage, destruction, loss”), from Proto-Germanic *lusą (“dissolution, break-up, loss”), from Proto-Indo-European *lews- (“to cut, sunder, separate, loose, lose”). Cognate with Icelandic los (“dissolution, looseness, break-up”), Old English lor, forlor (“loss, ruin”), Middle High German verlor (“loss, ruin”). More at lose.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /lɒs/
- (General American) IPA(key): /lɔs/
- (cot–caught merger, Canada) IPA(key): /lɑs/
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- Rhymes: -ɒs, -ɔːs
- (countable) The result of no longer possessing an object, a function, or a characteristic due to external causes or misplacement.
- Antonym: gain
- loss of limb; weight loss; loss of cognitive functions; loss of appetite.
- In other areas, glacier loss creates serious risk of a dry period across the Third Pole, Wang said.
- (uncountable) The destruction or ruin of an object.
- (countable) Something that has been destroyed or ruined.
- It was a terrible crash; both cars were total losses.
- (countable) Defeat; an instance of being defeated.
- (countable) The death of a person or animal.
- We mourn his loss.
- The battle was won, but losses were great.
- (uncountable) The condition of grief caused by losing someone or something, especially someone who has died.
- Her daughter's sense of loss eventually led to depression.
- (financial, countable) The sum an entity loses on balance.
- Antonym: profit
- The sum of expenditures and taxes minus total income is a loss, when this difference is positive.
- (engineering) Electricity of kinetic power expended without doing useful work.
- The inefficiency of many old-fashioned power plants exceeds 60% loss before the subsequent losses during transport over the grid.
- The possessive of loss is often constructed as loss of rather than 's loss.
- loss is often the subject of the verbs make or take. See Appendix:Collocations of do, have, make, and take
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Eye dialect spelling of , representing African-American Vernacular English.
- (colloquial) Alternative spelling of
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- imperative of