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def·i·cit

deficit

 
 
pronunciation:
de f siht
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part of speech: noun
definition: an amount by which something is less than what is required or expected, esp. the amount by which income is less than expenses.
My doctors says that, in order to attain the calorie deficit needed to lose weight, one needs to consume fewer calories.
 
antonyms:
excess, surplus
similar words:
shortage
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