Definitions for Deficitˈdɛf ə sɪt; Brit. also dɪˈfɪs ɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deficit, shortage, shortfall(noun)

    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"

  2. deficit(noun)

    a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning

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

  3. deficit(noun)

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

  4. deficit(noun)

    an excess of liabilities over assets (usually over a certain period)

    "last year there was a serious budgetary deficit"


  1. deficit(Noun)

    Deficiency in amount or quality; a falling short; lack.

  2. deficit(Noun)

    A situation wherein, or amount whereby, spending exceeds government revenue.

  3. Origin: From déficit, from deficit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deficit(noun)

    deficiency in amount or quality; a falling short; lack; as, a deficit in taxes, revenue, etc

  2. Origin: [Lit., it is wanting, 3d person pres. indic. of L. deficere, cf. F. dficit. See Defect.]


  1. Government budget balance

    A government budget is a government document presenting the government's proposed revenues and spending for a financial year. The government budget balance, also alternatively referred to as general government balance, public budget balance, or public fiscal balance, is the overall difference between government revenues and spending. A positive balance is called a government budget surplus, and a negative balance is a government budget deficit. A budget is prepared for each level of government and takes into account public social security obligations. The government budget balance is further differentiated by closely related terms such as primary balance and structural balance of the general government. The primary budget balance equals the government budget balance before interest payments. The structural budget balances attempts to adjust for the impacts of the real GDP changes in the national economy.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Deficit' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3976

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Deficit' in Nouns Frequency: #1491

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders:

    So is deficit reduction important? Of course, it is.

  2. Paul Ryan:

    Neither of which seem to be too concerned with the deficit.

  3. Mobin Saulat:

    It's fully operational, it's helped a lot in meeting the deficit.

  4. Indonesian President Joko Widodo:

    The deficit will be financed by domestic and international loans.

  5. Monica Malik:

    A lot of uncertainty has to do with the size of the fiscal deficit expected this year.

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