- The definition of lost is missing or unable to be found or it can mean something that was wasted or not used in a valuable way.
- An example of lost used as an adjective is lost money which means money that has vanished due to a bad investment.
- An example of lost used as an adjective is a lost opportunity which means a promising chance that someone didn't take.
- Lost is defined as the past tense of to lose.
An example of to have lost something is to have misplaced the car keys.
- destroyed or ruined physically or morally
- Theol. damned; reprobate
- not to be found; missing
- no longer held or possessed; parted with
- no longer seen, heard, or known: a person lost in a crowd
- not gained or won; attended with defeat
- having wandered from the way; uncertain as to one's location
- bewildered or ill at ease
- not spent profitably or usefully; wasted
- spent away from one's place of work, as because of illness: to make up lost time
Slang go away!
absorbed in; engrossed in
without effect on; failing to influence: his sarcastic tone was not lost on me
- no longer in the possession or enjoyment of
- no longer available to
- having no sense of (shame, right, etc.); insensible to
Past tense and past participle of lose
- Unable to find one's way: a lost child.
- a. No longer in the possession, care, or control of someone or something: a lost pen.b. No longer in existence; vanished or spent: lost youth.c. No longer known or practiced: a lost art.d. Beyond reach, communication, or influence: The expedition was lost to the world for two months.
- Not used to one's benefit or advantage: a lost opportunity.
- Having not been or unlikely to be won; unsuccessful: a lost battle; a lost cause.
- Beyond recovery or redemption; fallen or destroyed: a lost soul.
- a. Completely involved or absorbed; rapt: lost in thought.b. Bewildered or confused: I'm lost—can you start over?
- Simple past tense and past participle of lose.
(comparative loster or more lost, superlative lostest or most lost)
- Unable to find one's way; unavailable, with location unknown.
- Because she was so far behind the pack, she got lost in the forest.
- Deep beneath the ocean, the Titanic was lost to the world.