loss, deficiency, shortfall, shortage, default:
At the end of the year there was a considerable deficit.
huge, large, massive, serious, substantial | small | net, overall | balance-of-payments, budget, budgetary, financial, fiscal, trade
VERB + DEFICIT
face, have, run, show
If the government didn't run such huge deficits, the country would not have financial problems. The trade balance shows a deficit of two million pounds.
| go into, move into, run up, slip into
to prevent the country moving into deficit The company has run up a deficit of £30,000.
| cut, eliminate, make up, reduce, tackle, wipe out
You cannot cut a budget deficit simply by raising taxes. We will find it hard to make up this deficit.
| overcome, overturn
United are hoping to overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg.
| finance, fund
The government was forced to sell state-owned companies to fund the budget deficit.
DEFICIT + VERB
run at sth
a budget deficit running at 7% of GDP
| grow, increase, rise, widen | decrease, fall, narrow, shrink
The UK remained in deficit with all countries outside the EU.
| ~ with
the US trade deficit with Japan
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