Definition of lose
1a : to bring to destruction —used chiefly in passive construction the ship was lost on the reefb : damn if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul — Matthew 16:26 (King James Version)
2 : to miss from one's possession or from a customary or supposed place lost his glove
3 : to suffer deprivation of : part with especially in an unforeseen or accidental manner lost his leg in an auto accident
4a : to suffer loss through the death or removal of or final separation from (a person) lost a son in the warb : to fail to keep control of orallegiance (see allegiance 2) of lose votes lost his temper
5a : to fail to use : let slip by : waste no time to loseb (1) : to fail to win, gain, or obtain lose a prize lose a contest (2) : to undergo defeat in lost every battlec : to fail to catch with the senses or the mind lost what she said
6 : to cause the loss of
7 : to fail to keep, sustain, or maintain lost my balance
8a : to cause to miss one's way or bearings lost himself in the maze of streetsb : to make (oneself) withdrawn from immediate reality lost herself in daydreaming
losableplay \ˈlü-zə-bəl\ adjective
lose one's heart
Examples of lose in a Sentence
She's always losing her gloves.
Hold my hand: I don't want to lose you.
We lost the game by a score of 4–2.
He lost his title in the rematch.
The team lost three games but won the next four.
The team lost in the finals.
an athlete known for losing with grace
He hates to lose when money is involved.
How could she play that well and still lose?
The country lost its independence 50 years ago.
Recent Examples of lose from the Web
On Tuesday, Taylor held his fourth block party and anti-violence march dedicated to the memory of a son lost to violence.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the Senate proposal would result in $700 billion in lost revenue from the federal Treasury over the next 10 years.
Buffalo lost its leading tackler, Zack Brown, to the Washington Redskins in free agency, and signed Gerald Hodges away from the San Francisco 49ers to play strongside linebacker.
Nash Lutchman of Sibanye estimates that roughly 3.5-4% of gold production across all of the company’s operations is lost to illegal miners.
The Rangers lost 11-4 and were saved from total embarrassment by a three-run homer from Mike Napoli in the eighth and a solo shot by Delino DeShields in the ninth.
The French, with a much smaller population, lost 1.2 million.
Prize is not replaceable if lost or stolen, non-transferable, non-negotiable and not redeemable for cash, credit or merchandise.
This year, Brengle lost in the first round of the Australian Open, then got her first French Open win by beating Julia Goerges of Germany in the first round.
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Origin and Etymology of lose
Middle English, from Old English losian to perish, lose, from los destruction; akin to Old English lēosan to lose; akin to Old Norse losa to loosen, Latin luere to atone for, Greek lyein to loosen, dissolve, destroy
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
LOSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lose for English Language Learners
: to be unable to find (something or someone)
: to fail to win (a game, contest, etc.)
: to fail to keep or hold (something wanted or valued)
LOSE Defined for Kids
Definition of lose for Students
1 : to be unable to find or have at hand I lost my keys.
2 : to become deprived of She lost her job.
3 : to become deprived of by death She lost her grandfather.
4 : to fail to use : waste There's no time to lose.
5 : to fail to win They lost the game.
6 : to fail to keep She lost her balance. He lost control.
Headscratcher for lose
It's easy to mix up lose and loose. Lose means to not have something for some reason and only has one “o,” but rhymes with “snooze.” Loose means to make less tight and rhymes with “moose.” So you might lose weight, but you couldn't really loose weight.
Medical Definition of lose
1: to become deprived of or lacking in lose consciousness lost her sense of smell; also : to part with in an unforeseen or accidental manner lose a leg in an auto crash
2a: to suffer deprivation through the death or removal of or final separation from (a person) lost a son in the warb: to fail to keep (a patient) from dying have lost many fewer pneumonia cases since penicillin came into use
3: to fail to keep, sustain, or maintain lose one's balance
4: to free oneself from : get rid of dieting to lose weight
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