1 losing of sth
appreciable, considerable, significant, substantial
dramatic, great, huge, major, serious

the dramatic loss of farmland to urban growth

Reductions in spending would have led to a much greater loss of jobs.

She suffered a significant loss of hearing after the operation.

partial, total

partial loss of eyesight

permanent, temporary
gradual, progressive

a gradual loss of hope


rapid weight loss

blood, fat, hair, hearing, heat, memory, water, weight

Weight loss can be a sign of a serious illness.


The company is expected to announce 200 job losses.


He suffered a loss of confidence.


The knife hit an artery, causing significant blood loss.


They form a barrier to prevent water loss.

loss of

loss of appetite

loss of confidence

no great loss

She wouldn't be able to attend the lecture, which was no great loss.

be at a loss

We are at a loss to understand his actions (= we cannot understand them).

2 amount of money lost
catastrophic, enormous, heavy, huge, massive, serious, significant, substantial
slight, small
overall, total
annual, quarterly
economic, financial
long-term, short-term

long-term tax revenue losses

incur, make, suffer, sustain, take

There's no way you can make a loss on this deal.

The business sustained losses of €20 million.

The company took a big loss of 28%.

cut, minimize, reduce

He decided to cut his losses and sell the shares before they sank further.

recoup, recover

It took the company five years to recoup its losses.


The fund may not be large enough to absorb these losses.


We can offset the loss against next year's budget.


No bank would be willing to underwrite such a loss.

at a loss

The store was operating at a loss.

loss on

We made a net loss on the transaction.

3 the death of a person
enormous, great, terrible, tremendous

The family has suffered a terrible loss.

The ship sank with great loss of life.

His passing is a tremendous loss for all of us.

sad (esp. BrE), tragic

the tragic loss of her husband

His death is a sad loss to all who knew him.

big, catastrophic, devastating, great, heavy, severe

the devastating losses of the war

The enemy suffered heavy losses.

suffer, sustain, take

Our country had sustained a tremendous loss of innocent life.


Fighter planes inflicted heavy losses on the enemy.

grieve, lament, mourn, regret

China mourned the loss of a great leader.

loss to

Her suicide was a terrible loss to the music world.

a sense of loss

She was filled with an overwhelming sense of loss.

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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