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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. Losing.
  25. 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.
  26. LOSABLE.
  27. LOSER.
  28. To be deprived of; part with; waste; forfeit; miss.
  29. To part with unintentionally; forfeit; mislay; be deprived of; miss; squander; waste.
  30. 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.
  31. To forfeit anything in contest; not to win; to decline; to fail.
  32. 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.
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Usage examples for lose

  1. A college professor who taught it frankly would lose his job. – Comrade Yetta by Albert Edwards
  2. 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
  3. To lose a chance like that was worse than boy's work. – The Last of the Plainsmen by Zane Grey
  4. " There's no time to lose," she said. – The Spartan Twins by Lucy (Fitch) Perkins
  5. If you're scared, you'll lose! – His Second Wife by Ernest Poole
  6. Stand further off, or you may lose your head. – Queen Mary and Harold by Alfred Lord Tennyson
  7. 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
  8. I say, Ellis, supposing we lose our way? – A Hero of Romance by Richard Marsh
  9. We must think about that, and lose no time. – The Settlers at Home by Harriet Martineau
  10. 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
  11. I must not lose that. – The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore
  12. " You may be sure I'll not lose sight of you. – The Young Forester by Zane Grey
  13. You won't lose it, Lizzie? – 'Lizbeth of the Dale by Marian Keith
  14. I shall not lose my voice. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  15. But now be off, McKay, and lose no time. – The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood by Arthur Griffiths
  16. We haven't a moment to lose!" – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  17. If I lose I have to marry you. – Europa's Fairy Book by Joseph Jacobs
  18. 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
  19. But I can't lose time- Money, money! – Juana by Honore de Balzac
  20. Does that mean we lose our home?" – The Prairie Mother by Arthur Stringer
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