losing definition by Webster's New World
- the act of one that loses
- losses by gambling
- that loses: a losing team
- resulting in loss: a losing proposition
losing definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Failing to win, as in a sport or game: a losing team; a losing lottery ticket.
- Of or relating to one that fails to win: a losing season; a losing battle.
- The act of one that loses; loss.
- Something lost, such as money at gambling. Often used in the plural.
Variant of lose
- to bring to ruin or destruction: a ship lost in the storm
- Theol. to incur the damnation of: to lose one's soul
- to become unable to find; mislay: to lose one's keys
- to have taken from one by negligence, accident, death, removal, separation, etc.; suffer the loss of; be deprived of
- to suffer the miscarriage or stillbirth of (a baby)
- to get rid of (something undesirable): to lose unwanted weight
- to fail to keep or maintain: to lose one's temper, to lose speed
- to fail to see, hear, or understand: she did not lose a word of his speech
- to fail to keep in sight, mind, or existence
- to fail to have, get, take advantage of, etc.; miss: to lose one's chance
- to fail to win or gain: to lose a game
- to cause the loss of: it lost him his job
- to cause to go astray, become bewildered, etc.
- to wander from and not be able to find (one's way, the right track, etc.)
- to fail or be unable to make proper use of; waste: to lose time
- to leave behind; outdistance
- to engross or preoccupy: usually in the passive: to be lost in reverie
- to go slower by: a watch that loses two minutes a day
Origin: Middle English losen, lesen, merging Old English losian, to lose, be lost (; from los, loss) plush leosan, to lose, akin to Old High German (vir)liosan, Gothic (fra)liusan ; from Indo-European base an unverified form leu-, to cut off, separate from source Classical Greek lyein, to dissolve; Classical Latin luere, to loose, release (from debt)
- to undergo or suffer loss
- to be defeated in a contest, etc.
- to be slow: said of a clock, etc.
- losable adjective