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def·i·cit

deficit

 
 
pronunciation:
de f siht
part of speech: noun
definition: The amount by which something is less than what is needed. A deficit of money is caused by spending more than has been taken in.
Some areas of our country face a deficit of teachers.The new restaurant showed a deficit of earnings during its first three months of business.
 
antonyms:
excess
similar words:
shortage