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Definitions for deficit
ˈdɛf ə sɪt; Brit. also dɪˈfɪs ɪtdeficit

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deficit, shortage, shortfallnoun

    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. deficitnoun

    a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning

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

  3. deficitnoun

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

  4. deficitnoun

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

    "last year there was a serious budgetary deficit"


  1. deficitnoun

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

  2. deficitnoun

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

  3. Etymology: From déficit, from deficit.


  1. Deficit

    A deficit is the amount by which a sum falls short of some reference amount.


  1. deficit

    A deficit is the amount by which a sum of money, or cost, falls short of the required or expected amount. It typically refers to a shortfall in a budget, when expenses exceed income or outlay surpasses inflow. It can also refer to any situation where there is a lack of something or an insufficiency.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deficitnoun

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

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

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of deficit in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of deficit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of deficit in a Sentence

  1. Paul Dergarabedian:

    We're starting to chip away at the summer deficit, maybe with' Suicide Squad' opening, we'll see the end to all this volatility.

  2. Steven Mnuchin:

    We are also very focused on free and fair trade for U.S. companies to have access there and to having a more level playing field which will bring down the trade deficit, i don't think it would be productive to speculate on the outcome because we have a lot of work left to do. ... If we can't get to the deadline, that's not because we haven't worked around the clock.

  3. Juan Miguel Villar:

    Spain still has a big public deficit and high debts and needs to stick to austerity and reduce public administration, some have talked about expropriations and measures that go against what the Spanish economy needs. It would have a grave impact.

  4. President Biden:

    Look, this bill is far from perfect, it’s a compromise, but my message to Congress is this: This is the strongest bill you can pass to lower inflation, cut the deficit, reduce health care costs, tackle the climate crisis, and promote energy security.

  5. President Biden:

    Let me remind you again : I reduced the federal deficit, all the talk about the deficit from my Republican friends, I love it. I've reduced it $ 350 billion in my first year in office. And we're on track to reduce it, by the end of September, by another 1 trillion, 500 billion dollars -- the largest drop ever.

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