losing

adjective

los·​ing ˈlü-ziŋ How to pronounce losing (audio)
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 But rural counties, with smaller budgets to work with, are often at the losing end of the recruitment battle. Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2024 On the losing end of Wall Street was Nvidia, which slumped to a second straight loss after rocketing 91% higher for the year so far, loosing 2.5%. Elaine Kurtenbach, Quartz, 28 Mar. 2024 On the losing end of Wall Street was Deere, which fell 5.2% even though the maker of agricultural equipment’s profit for the latest quarter topped expectations. Stan Choe, Fortune, 16 Feb. 2024 Utley also hit five home runs in a losing effort against the New York Yankees in the World Series the following year. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 13 Jan. 2024 On the losing end of Wall Street were several financial companies that reported weaker results for the end of 2023 than analysts expected. Stan Choe, Fortune, 18 Jan. 2024 In the present, the group fought and clawed — albeit in a losing effort — against a scrappy Commodores squad. Ryan Black, The Courier-Journal, 2 Mar. 2023 Benchmark Treasury notes are headed for their third losing year in a row, which has never happened. WSJ, 21 Sep. 2023 On the losing end of Wall Street was Moderna, which saw its shares fall 6.5% after reporting a much worse loss for the latest quarter than analysts expected. Stan Choe The Associated Press, Arkansas Online, 3 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1519, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of losing was in 1519

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Cite this Entry

“Losing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/losing. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

losing

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