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Meaning & Definition of Deficit in English

English

Deficit

/dɛfəsət/

noun

1. The property of being an amount by which something is less than expected or required

  • "New blood vessels bud out from the already dilated vascular bed to make up the nutritional deficit"
    synonym:
  • deficit
  • ,
  • shortage
  • ,
  • shortfall

2. A deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning

  • "The people concerned have a deficit in verbal memory"
  • "They have serious linguistic deficits"
    synonym:
  • deficit

3. (sports) the score by which a team or individual is losing

    synonym:
  • deficit

4. An excess of liabilities over assets (usually over a certain period)

  • "Last year there was a serious budgetary deficit"
    synonym:
  • deficit

Examples of using

Eliminating the deficit will be a very difficult job.