Definitions of lose

  1. fail to make money in a business; make a loss or fail to profit; " I lost thousands of dollars on that bad investment!"; " The company turned a loss after the first year"
  2. be set at a disadvantage; " This author really suffers in translation"
  3. fail to win; " We lost the battle but we won the war"
  4. place ( something) where one cannot find it again; " I misplaced my eyeglasses"
  5. suffer the loss of a person through death or removal; " She lost her husband in the war"; " The couple that wanted to adopt the child lost her when the biological parents claimed her"
  6. fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind; " I missed that remark"; " She missed his point"; " We lost part of what he said"
  7. allow to go out of sight; " The detective lost the man he was shadowing after he had to stop at a red light"
  8. miss from one's possessions; lose sight of; " I've lost my glasses again!"
  9. fail to keep or to maintain; cease to have, either physically or in an abstract sense; " She lost her purse when she left it unattended on her seat"
  10. fail to get or obtain; " I lost the opportunity to spend a year abroad"
  11. Lost.
  12. To part with unintentionally or unwillingly, as by accident, misfortune, negligence, penalty, forfeit, etc.; to be deprived of; as, to lose money from one's purse or pocket, or in business or gaming; to lose an arm or a leg by amputation; to lose men in battle.
  13. To cease to have; to possess no longer; to suffer diminution of; as, to lose one's relish for anything; to lose one's health.
  14. Not to employ; to employ ineffectually; to throw away; to waste; to squander; as, to lose a day; to lose the benefits of instruction.
  15. To wander from; to miss, so as not to be able to and; to go astray from; as, to lose one's way.
  16. To ruin; to destroy; as destroy; as, the ship was lost on the ledge.
  17. To be deprived of the view of; to cease to see or know the whereabouts of; as, he lost his companion in the crowd.
  18. To fail to obtain or enjoy; to fail to gain or win; hence, to fail to catch with the mind or senses; to miss; as, I lost a part of what he said.
  19. To cause to part with; to deprive of.
  20. To prevent from gaining or obtaining.
  21. To suffer loss, disadvantage, or defeat; to be worse off, esp. as the result of any kind of contest.
  22. Retreat.
  23. To be deprived of; cease to have in possession; mislay; to wander from; as, to lose one's way; miss; as, to lose an opportunity; fail to win; as, to lose a battle.
  24. To fail of success; be defeated.
  25. Losing.
  26. The opposite of keep or gain: to be deprived of: to mislay: to waste, as time: to miss: to bewilder: to cause to perish: to ruin: to suffer waste:- pr. p. losing ( loozing); pa. t and pa. p. lost.
  27. LOSABLE.
  28. LOSER.
  29. To be deprived of; part with; waste; forfeit; miss.
  30. To part with unintentionally; forfeit; mislay; be deprived of; miss; squander; waste.
  31. To cease to have; to be deprived of; not to gain; to fail to obtain; to possess no longer; to forfeit; to waste; to squander; to ruin; to destroy; to cause to perish; to miss; to bewilder; to fail to see or find. To lose one's self, to be bewildered; to have the memory and reason suspended.
  32. To forfeit anything in contest; not to win; to decline; to fail.
  33. To mislay; to lay or drop so as not to be able to find; not to gain or win; to be deprived of; to fail to obtain; to miss; to wander from; to bewilder; to waste, as time; to squander or throw away; to ruin or destroy; not to employ or enjoy; to suffer loss.

Antonyms for lose

dig out, turn a profit, master, subdue, turn up, occupy, cast around, govern, clasp, locate, catch, attain, entrap, nose out, get back, down, log, adopt, run down, advance, surpass, get, comprehend, grip, overmaster, learn, retain, make headway, own, hold on, detect, profit, outstrip, find out, nail, hold, discomfit, grasp, look up, break even, do down, reproduce, recoup, gain, entail, put down, outgun, discover, save, dredge, have, harken back, develop, determine, lay up, overcome, keep, embrace, retake, pursue, find, reclaim, Overmatch, arrive at, take on, build up, ransack, bring in, remember, reach, hoard, hark back, come by, rout, constrain, subject, use, employ, pull ahead, outmatch, earn, pull down, accomplish, utilize, withhold, contain, make, clutch, perceive, procure, descry, flash back, get ahead, recollect, possess, deliver, get around, involve, economize, ferret, regain, repossess, protect, take hold of, transcend, prosper, seek, enjoy, outdistance, recover, reminisce, dig up, pull in, ensnare, scrimp, track, excel, conceive, compass, comb, conquer, retrieve, win, prevail, surmount, restrain, subsume, worst, reacquire, include, checkmate, cast about, rifle, flourish, hold back, succeed, overtake, understand, scout, achieve, gather, cultivate, Re-collect, skimp, rack up, hearken back, ascertain, triumph, conserve, encompass, overtop, preserve, upend, exceed, scare up, garner, acquire, take in, realize, overbear, reap, outclass, gain ground, subjugate, thrive, bridle, outdo, outshine, gripe, inhibit, chalk up, regulate, pick up, obtain, overpower, carry, scour.

Quotes of lose

  1. I love competition and really going for it and doing my best, but losing isn't really upsetting to me. I feel like if I do lose the other person really deserved it. – Corbin Bleu
  2. Players lose you games, not tactics. There's so much crap talked about tactics by people who barely know how to win at dominoes. – Brian Clough
  3. I have sung to large crowds since then, and there is a feeling that once you get over 100, 000 people, you kind of lose the control element, you don't know if you are really getting through or not. – Joe Cocker
  4. If you start by promising what you don't even have yet, you'll lose your desire to work towards getting it. – Paulo Coelho
  5. I don't know if I believe in love at first sight, but of course I believe in two people having chemistry right away. A girl should be really easy to talk to. When I lose track of time because we've been talking, I think that's really fun. – Zac Efron
  6. It's amazing how fast generations lose sight of other generations. One of the first things the young composers who come to work with me say is that they want to write music people will like, instead of gaining their credentials by being rejected by the audience. – Carlisle Floyd
  7. That's what I miss out of all this synthesized music- it starts to lose dynamics. – Glenn Frey
  8. When every piece of furniture and your underwear are taken by the bank, when you lose your house in Florida, in New York, in Amsterdam and L. A., when your wife is dying and your son abandons you, you don't feel very good. – Al Goldstein
  9. Experts say that if children can't read by the end of the fifth grade, they lose self -confidence and self -esteem, making them more likely to enter the juvenile justice system. – Dirk Kempthorne
  10. To describe and explain my ideas is to lose them. – Marino Marini
  11. You need to feel that the game is important to you. Lose that feeling and you lose your edge. There's no faking that kind of emotion. You can't invent the feeling. It's got to be natural, real. – Dan Marino
  12. In some sort of crude sense, which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement can quite extinguish, the physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose – J. Robert Oppenheimer
  13. Work at the same time on sky, water, branches, ground, keeping everything going on an equal basis... Don't be afraid of putting on colour... Paint generously and unhesitatingly, for it is best not to lose the first impression. – Camille Pissarro
  14. You must lose everything in order to gain anything. – Brad Pitt
  15. Value your freedom or you will lose it, teaches history. 'Don't bother us with politics', respond those who don't want to learn. – Richard Stallman

Usage examples for lose

  1. We haven't a moment to lose – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  2. To lose it may be to lose my head." – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  3. Does that mean we lose our home?" – The Prairie Mother by Arthur Stringer
  4. Stand further off, or you may lose your head. – Queen Mary and Harold by Alfred Lord Tennyson
  5. But now be off, McKay, and lose no time. – The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood by Arthur Griffiths
  6. But I can't lose time- Money, money! – Juana by Honore de Balzac
  7. A college professor who taught it frankly would lose his job. – Comrade Yetta by Albert Edwards
  8. If I lose I have to marry you. – Europa's Fairy Book by Joseph Jacobs
  9. Then he thought, " Sure I'm done for now; I must lose my head this time." – Myths and Folk Tales of Ireland by Jeremiah Curtin
  10. " There's no time to lose she said. – The Spartan Twins by Lucy (Fitch) Perkins
  11. To lose a chance like that was worse than boy's work. – The Last of the Plainsmen by Zane Grey
  12. We must think about that, and lose no time. – The Settlers at Home by Harriet Martineau
  13. " You may be sure I'll not lose sight of you. – The Young Forester by Zane Grey
  14. Of course it doesn't matter when you have never seen at all, because you know how to get on all right; but to have it, and then lose it- oh dear! – Melody The Story of a Child by Laura E. Richards
  15. I shall not lose my voice. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  16. You won't lose it, Lizzie? – 'Lizbeth of the Dale by Marian Keith
  17. I must not lose that. – The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore
  18. I say, Ellis, supposing we lose our way? – A Hero of Romance by Richard Marsh
  19. But my wife could pity him before she knew what it was to lose a child of her own. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  20. If you're scared, you'll lose – His Second Wife by Ernest Poole

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