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Definition 1: the property of being an amount by which something is less than expected or required - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where deficit or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • new blood vessels bud out from the already dilated vascular bed to make up the nutritional deficit

Synonyms for deficit in the sense of this definition

(deficit is a kind of ...) lack of an adequate quantity or number

"the inadequacy of unemployment benefits"

(... is a kind of deficit ) temporary oxygen shortage in cells resulting from strenuous exercise

Definition 2: an excess of liabilities over assets (usually over a certain period) - [noun denoting possession]

Samples where deficit or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • last year there was a serious budgetary deficit

(deficit is a kind of ...) anything that is owed to someone else

(... is a kind of deficit ) an excess of expenditures over revenues

(... is a kind of deficit ) an excess of imports over exports

Definition 3: (sports) the score by which a team or individual is losing - [noun denoting quantity]

(deficit is a kind of ...) a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest

"the score was 7 to 0"

(deficit belongs to category ...) an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition

Definition 4: a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning - [noun denoting state]

Samples where deficit or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the people concerned have a deficit in verbal memory
  • they have serious linguistic deficits

(deficit is a kind of ...) the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable

"there is a serious lack of insight into the problem" "water is the critical deficiency in desert regions" "for want of a nail the shoe was lost"

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