Lose meaning

lo͝oz
To be unsuccessful in retaining possession of; mislay.

He's always losing his car keys.

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Lose is defined as to wind up without something or to fail in a competition.

An example of lose is to misplace your car keys.

An example of lose is to play in a soccer game and score the least amount of points.

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To fail to win; fail in.

Lost the game; lost the court case.

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To fail to use or take advantage of.

Don't lose a chance to improve your position.

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To fail to hear, see, or understand.

We lost the plane in the fog. I lost her when she started speaking about thermodynamics.

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To rid oneself of.

Lost five pounds.

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To wander from or become ignorant of.

Lose one's way.

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To become slow by (a specified amount of time). Used of a timepiece.
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To cause or result in the loss of.

Failure to reply to the advertisement lost her the job.

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To be slow.
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To cause (something) to cease to be in one's possession or capability due to unfortunate or unknown circumstances, events or reasons.

If you lose that ten-pound note, you'll be sorry.

He lost his hearing in the explosion.

She lost her position when the company was taken over.

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To wander from; to miss, so as not to be able to find; to go astray from.

I lost my way in the forest.

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To have (an organ) removed from one's body, especially by accident.

Johnny lost a tooth, but kept it for the tooth fairy.

He lost his spleen in a car wreck.

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To fail to win (a game, competition, trial, etc).

We lost the football match.

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To shed (weight).

I've lost five pounds this week.

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To experience the death of (someone to whom one has an attachment, such as a relative or friend).

She lost all her sons in the war.

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To be unable to follow or trace (somebody or something) any longer.

The policeman lost the robber he was chasing.

Mission control lost the satellite as its signal died down.

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To cause (somebody) to be unable to follow or trace one any longer.

We managed to lose our pursuers in the forest.

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(informal) To shed, remove, discard, or eliminate.

When we get into the building, please lose the hat.

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Of a clock, to run slower than expected.

My watch loses five minutes a week.

It's already 5:30? My watch must have lost a few minutes.

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To cause (someone) the loss of something; to deprive of.
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To fail to catch with the mind or senses; to miss.

I lost a part of what he said.

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(archaic) To cause to part with; to deprive of.
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(obsolete) Fame, renown; praise.
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To be unable to keep control or allegiance of.

Lost his temper at the meeting; is losing supporters by changing his mind.

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To consume aimlessly; waste.

Lost a week in idle occupations.

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To cause to be destroyed. Usually used in the passive.

Both planes were lost in the crash.

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To become unable to find; mislay.

To lose one's keys.

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To fail to keep or maintain.

To lose one's temper, to lose speed.

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To cause the loss of.

It lost him his job.

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To cause to be damned.
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To suffer loss.

Investors who lost heavily on the firm's stock.

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To be defeated.

Our team lost in overtime.

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To operate or run slow. Used of a timepiece.
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To get rid of (something undesirable)

To lose unwanted weight.

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To fail to have, get, take advantage of, etc.; miss.

To lose one's chance.

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To fail to win or gain.

To lose a game.

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To cause to go astray, become bewildered, etc.
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To wander from and not be able to find (one's way, the right track, etc.)
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To fail or be unable to make proper use of; waste.

To lose time.

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To leave behind; outdistance.
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To engross or preoccupy.

To be lost in reverie.

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To go slower by.

A watch that loses two minutes a day.

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To undergo or suffer loss.
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To be defeated in a contest, etc.
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(slang) lose it
  • To become very angry or emotionally upset.
  • To become deranged or mentally disturbed.
  • To become less capable or proficient; decline:
    He can still play tennis well. He hasn't lost it yet.
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lose out on
  • To miss (an opportunity, for example).
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lose time
  • To operate too slowly. Used of a timepiece.
  • To delay advancement.
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(informal) lose it
  • to fail to maintain one's composure, as by an outburst of anger, laughter, etc.
  • to suffer temporary or permanent diminution of one's ability, skill, etc.
    The pitcher lost it in the sixth inning.
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lose oneself
  • to lose one's way; go astray; become bewildered
  • to become absorbed
    To lose oneself in a good novel.
  • to disappear from view or notice
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lose out
  • to fail; be unsuccessful
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lose out on
  • to fail to win, gain, or take advantage of
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of lose

  • Middle English losen from Old English losian to perish from los loss leu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French los, loos, from Latin laudÄ“s, plural of laus (“praise").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English losen, from Old English losian.

    From Wiktionary