Definition of 'deficit'
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The visitors stormed back to cut the deficit to two points. The Sun (2016)Bonds are sold by governments to fund their budget deficit. Times, Sunday Times (2016)That is what whittling away a current account deficit really means. Times, Sunday Times (2016) Cut the deficit by a quarter at a stroke. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Britain does have a wide current account deficit. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This Government inherited a record deficit six years ago. The Sun (2016)Its budget deficit was nearly $100 billion last year. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The federal deficit is down by two thirds and wages are up sharply, especially for the poorest 10 per cent. Times, Sunday Times (2016)A decade ago, the deficit totalled just 250m. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The two men agree that the deficit must be cut as a priority. Times, Sunday Times (2011)They will live or die together on the basis of their deficit reduction plan. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Public expenditure and the budget deficit would be reduced. The Collins History of the World in the 20th Century (1994)That fanned fears that decisive action may be less likely to address the yawning budget deficit. Times, Sunday Times (2010)What matters more is the current account deficit. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The public sector deficit amounts to about a quarter of total public spending. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The effect of the system is to multiply deficits year on year. Times, Sunday Times (2006)One is the way we now run companies and the other is our balance of payments deficit. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He could launch straight into his budget deficit cut. Times, Sunday Times (2010)There is no sustainable route to deficit reduction except by cutting spending. Times, Sunday Times (2014)That helps explain the mammoth current account deficit. Times, Sunday Times (2015)And emerging balance of payments deficits have proved difficult to sustain. Times, Sunday Times (2015)By the summer there was the very real prospect of a substantial deficit after three years of surplus. A TALE OF FOUR HOUSES: Opera at Covent Garden, La Scala, Vienna and the Met since 1945 (2003)Experts say it is highly unusual to run such a large external deficit during a period of economic weakness. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The federal deficit must be reduced. Peril and Promise: A Commentary on America (1990)The deficit in total trade remained at 3.8 billion. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The 32% budget deficit is a bit of a statistical artefact. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The structural deficit is the amount of borrowing that's still left. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Meanwhile, he moved to correct the fiscal deficit with cuts and increased taxes. Times, Sunday Times (2011)A huge fiscal deficit resulted in the early 1990s. Times, Sunday Times (2015) Total deficits of such schemes at the end of 2012 were 50 billion. Times, Sunday Times (2013)
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Translations for 'deficit'
British English: deficit /ˈdɛfɪsɪt; dɪˈfɪsɪt/ NOUN
A deficit is the amount by which something is less than the amount that is needed.
They're ready to cut the budget deficit for the next fiscal year.
- American English: deficit
- Arabic: عَجْز
- Brazilian Portuguese: déficit
- Chinese: 逆差
- Croatian: gubitak
- Czech: deficit
- Danish: underskud
- Dutch: tekort
- European Spanish: déficit
- Finnish: vaje
- French: déficit
- German: Defizit
- Greek: έλλειμα
- Italian: deficit
- Japanese: 欠損
- Korean: 부족
- Norwegian: underskudd
- Polish: deficyt
- European Portuguese: défice
- Romanian: deficit
- Russian: дефицит
- Spanish: déficit
- Swedish: underskott
- Thai: ปริมาณที่ขาด
- Turkish: açık finans
- Ukrainian: дефіцит
- Vietnamese: sự thâm hụt
Definition of deficit from the Collins English Dictionary
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