los·​ing | \ ˈlü-ziŋ How to pronounce losing (audio) \

Definition of losing

1 : resulting in or likely to result in defeat a losing battle a losing poker hand
2 : marked by many losses or more losses than wins a losing streak a losing record

Examples of losing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That is a significant drop for an asset that is supposed to be a haven and marks the longest losing streak since September 2018, when prices fell 9.9% over six months. Hardika Singh, WSJ, 19 Sep. 2022 Texas starts the season unranked after a 5-7 finish in 2021 with no bowl game and the longest losing streak since 1956 in coach Steve Sarkisian's debut. Fox News, 19 Aug. 2022 That would be the longest losing streak for gold since November 2020, after fresh signs of accelerating inflation spurred bets that the Federal Reserve will act aggressively to tame inflation. Hardika Singh, WSJ, 24 July 2022 Retail prices have now fallen for 21 consecutive days, the longest losing streak since April 2020. Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2022 The yuan has declined for the past five months as of the end of July—its longest losing streak since October 2018. Julia-ambra Verlaine, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 And of the teams with the 11 lowest payrolls in the majors, just two (Rays and Guardians) have non-losing records. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 7 July 2022 Neither is a particularly good loser, yet losing has defined both of their 2022 seasons in the first three months. Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune, 27 June 2022 The midterms are expected to be about inflation, and that’s a losing issue for Democrats. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of losing

1519, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

26 Sep 2022

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“Losing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/losing. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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