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Learner's definition of LOSS  
: failure to keep or to continue to have something
— usually + of
— usually + of
   b  [noncount]  : the experience of having something taken from you or destroyed — usually + of
[count]  : money that is spent and that is more than the amount earned or received
— see also at a loss (below)
: failure to win a game, contest, etc.
: a decrease in something or in the amount of something
   b  [singular]  : a decrease in value by a specified amount
: the death of a relative, friend, etc. — usually + of
   b  : the experience of having someone leave — usually + of
   c  : a feeling of sadness that you have when someone dies, leaves, etc.
[singular]  : something that causes harm, sadness, etc., to a group or organization
[singular]  : something that is completely destroyed
losses [plural]  : soldiers killed, wounded, or captured in battle
[count]American football  : the distance the ball is moved away from the goal during a play

at a loss

: not able to decide what should be done or said
— see also loss 2 (above)

at a loss for words

chiefly US
: unable to think of anything to say

cut your losses

: to stop an activity, business, etc., that is failing in order to prevent more losses or damage

it's your loss

◊ People say that something is your loss when you choose not to do something that they think would help you or that you would enjoy.

throw (someone) for a loss

: to cause (someone) to be very amazed, confused, or shocked
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