Definitions of lose

  1. To forfeit anything in contest; not to win; to decline; to fail.
  2. To part with unintentionally; forfeit; mislay; be deprived of; miss; squander; waste.
  3. 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.
  4. Not to employ; to employ ineffectually; to throw away; to waste; to squander; as, to lose a day; to lose the benefits of instruction.
  5. To wander from; to miss, so as not to be able to and; to go astray from; as, to lose one's way.
  6. To ruin; to destroy; as destroy; as, the ship was lost on the ledge.
  7. To be deprived of the view of; to cease to see or know the whereabouts of; as, he lost his companion in the crowd.
  8. To cause to part with; to deprive of.
  9. To prevent from gaining or obtaining.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. To be deprived of; part with; waste; forfeit; miss.
  13. To suffer loss, disadvantage, or defeat; to be worse off, esp. as the result of any kind of contest.
  14. 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"
  15. fail to win; " We lost the battle but we won the war"
  16. 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"
  17. 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"
  18. allow to go out of sight; " The detective lost the man he was shadowing after he had to stop at a red light"
  19. miss from one's possessions; lose sight of; " I've lost my glasses again!"
  20. 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"
  21. fail to get or obtain; " I lost the opportunity to spend a year abroad"
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Losing.
  26. LOSER.
  27. LOSABLE.
  28. Lost.