Lose Definition

loses, losing, lost
loses, losing, lost
To be unsuccessful in retaining possession of; mislay.
He's always losing his car keys.
American Heritage
To bring to ruin or destruction.
A ship lost in the storm.
Webster's New World
To be deprived of (something one has had).
Lost her art collection in the fire; lost her job.
American Heritage
To incur the damnation of.
To lose one's soul.
Webster's New World
To be slow.
Webster's New World

(obsolete) Fame, renown; praise.

lose it
  • To become very angry or emotionally upset.
  • To become deranged or mentally disturbed.
American Heritage
lose out on
  • To miss (an opportunity, for example).
American Heritage
lose time
  • To operate too slowly. Used of a timepiece.
  • To delay advancement.
American Heritage
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

Webster's New World
lose oneself
  • to lose one's way; go astray; become bewildered
  • to become absorbed

    to lose oneself in a good novel

Webster's New World

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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

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