- 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.
lost definition by Webster's New World
- 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
lost definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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?
lost - Phrases/Idioms
- no longer in the possession or enjoyment of
- no longer available to
- having no sense of (shame, right, etc.); insensible to
be lost on
- To have no effect or influence on: Her advice was lost on me.
- To be beyond the comprehension of: The lecture was lost on us.
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