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deficit/ˈdɛfəsət/noun
pluraldeficits
deficit
/ˈdɛfəsət/
noun
pluraldeficits
Learner's definition of DEFICIT  
[count]
: an amount (such as an amount of money) that is less than the amount that is needed
— opposite surplussee also trade deficit
: the amount by which a person or team is behind in a game or contest
chiefly US  : a problem that causes a decrease in some ability
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