lose out


lost out; losing out; loses out

intransitive verb

: to fail to win in competition : fail to receive an expected reward or gain

Examples of lose out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Depending on the team, its fortune, and when two parties strike a deal, affiliated businesses can grow tenfold, lose out, or both. Henry Flynn, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Hill, who was nominated for Offensive Player of the Year, lost out to San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey, who accounted for 2,023 scrimmage yards and 21 touchdowns. Daniel Oyefusi, Miami Herald, 9 Feb. 2024 The Disney+ series will chronicle Simons Williams, the son of a wealthy industrialist, who turns to the villain Baron Zemo after his company loses out to Tony Stark’s Stark Industry. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 Frank Ocean — who doesn’t submit his music for consideration anymore — took aim at the Recording Academy itself in 2017, annoyed about Kendrick Lamar losing out to Taylor Swift for Album of the Year in 2016, among other things. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 2 Feb. 2024 Yet despite these concerns and their nominal power in the OpenAI board, the explicit effective altruists in the organization lost out to those focused more on the immediate business opportunities. Peter Vanham, Fortune, 4 Jan. 2024 As the ant invasion leaves the Kenyan savannah more open, lions seem to be losing out on opportunities to hunt and kill zebras, according to the study findings. Popular Science, 25 Jan. 2024 Read More: 8 Clever Ways Female Animals Control Reproduction The Antechinus' Sacrifice for Reproduction Notably, the females, which can live for up to two years and therefore two breeding cycles, did not lose out on shuteye in the name of mating. Max Bennett, Discover Magazine, 25 Jan. 2024 As the season went on, though, Ruffalo struggled for precursor recognition, often losing out to his co-star Willem Dafoe, whose grotesque-yet-cuddly father figure seemed to be the more Academy-friendly part. Vulture, 23 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lose out was circa 1858

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“Lose out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lose%20out. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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