What is the opposite of gain?

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Noun
Opposite of an increase in size or amount
“Weight loss can be achieved by eating less.”
Noun
Opposite of an increase in wealth or resources
“Financial loss is inevitable if one is not prudent with their spendings.”
Noun
Opposite of an improvement or advantage
“The knee injury was a real setback for him as an athlete.”
Noun
Opposite of the benefit, importance or (useful) effect of something
“The insignificance of relaxation to stress relief is a myth. It is, in fact, crucial.”
Noun
Opposite of a financial gain, especially the difference between the amount earned and the amount spent in buying, operating, or producing something
“The organization was forced to divest its underperforming assets to arrest its financial loss.”
Noun
Opposite of increase in monetary value
“The cons of buying a new car are chiefly related to the vehicle's instant depreciation in value upon sale.”
Noun
Opposite of a beneficial thing for which one is grateful
“The consequence of her son's transgression is an affliction that she will have to bear for the rest of her life.”
Noun
Opposite of the reason for which something or someone is used or suited for
“The uselessness of the company's health and safety policy has caused many to lose faith in their products.”
Noun
Opposite of a thing of value given to recognize a particular deed
“His case will be heard by a three-member disciplinary commission, which will judge the case and assess the penalty.”
Noun
Opposite of an example of improving or being improved
“The regression in his form began once he lost his dedication to training.”
Noun
Opposite of appropriateness or suitability
Verb
Opposite of to earn through work or effort
“An inability or disinclination to network with others will likely hamper your career.”
Verb
Opposite of to benefit from
“You will have nothing to gain and everything to lose if you continue this gambling habit.”
Verb
Opposite of to develop, increase or grow rapidly
“My belly has started to decrease in size since I started my new diet.”
Verb
Opposite of to acquire more of something
“If we reduce clutter in the house, it will feel more comfortable.”
Verb
Opposite of to catch up on
“The team is expected to lose ground to the rest of the competition following the retirement of several players.”
Verb
Opposite of to acquire the support of
“Their new tax policies have done much to deter many from voting for them in the next election.”
Verb
Opposite of to become healthy again after illness or sickness
“As is so often the case with these illnesses, they can regress just as quickly as they show improvement.”
Verb
Opposite of to come into possession of
“I will give my old laptop to my younger brother.”
Verb
Opposite of to obtain or attain successfully
“We cannot abandon our quest for the Holy Grail now!”
Verb
(on the body) Opposite of to develop something, typically a kind of natural growth
“Thank you for highlighting the fact that I'm starting to lose my hair.”
Verb
Opposite of to acquire new information or skill
“I hope that others can assemble the jagged rhythms of my stories to unlearn common misperceptions about vernacular English.”
Verb
Opposite of to receive, especially in return for effort
Verb
Opposite of to come into awareness of
“Try to ignore the poor spelling and amateurish design, and concentrate on the quality of advice gleaned from years of experience.”
Verb
Opposite of to receive a particular treatment
“If you avoid making mistakes, you will never learn from them.”
Verb
Opposite of to achieve, especially by succeeding in a competition or contest
“The objective is to win the game, not lose it.”
Verb
Opposite of to discover through studying or searching
“She tried to hide all evidence of her crime.”
Verb
Opposite of to loot, plunder or invade by force
Verb
Opposite of to agree to receive or take receipt of
“He warned the committee that if he were to win, he would refuse his award on philosophical grounds.”
Verb
Opposite of to get into one's possession
“The street vendor would give me my hot dog once he had finished preparing it.”
Verb
Opposite of to steal (something)
“Filled with a guilty conscience, Bernie would later return the elderly couple's jewelry.”
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