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 He was named the head coach of a losing Rams team midway through the 1962 season without any head-coaching experience at the college or pro level. Richard Goldstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Harland Svare, 89, Giants linebacker and young head coach," 29 Apr. 2020 He was named the head coach of a losing Rams team midway through the 1962 season without any head-coaching experience at the college or pro level. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Harland Svare, 89, Giants Linebacker and Young Head Coach, Dies," 27 Apr. 2020 Cincinnati: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU Burrow reached out to Peyton Manning for advice this week on how to play for a losing team and turn it around. Nick Talbot, ExpressNews.com, "Talbot: Dallas Cowboys active in E-N mock NFL draft," 22 Apr. 2020 Eric Hipple, who spent the 1980s with the Detroit Lions, is the only former Aggie to start a playoff game under center, doing so in a losing effort after the 1982 season. 5. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we've learned heading into the 2020 NFL draft," 20 Apr. 2020 Trey Townsend, Oxford: Poured in a game-high 33 points for the Wildcats in a losing effort against Rochester Hills Stoney Creek. Joey Yashinsky, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school girls basketball state playoffs: Top performers, results from March 2," 3 Mar. 2020 Madigan Anderson was equally as good for the Colonials (7-9-4), making 34 saves in the losing effort. Matt Doherty, BostonGlobe.com, "Whitman-Hanson boys’ basketball comes up big, holds off Brockton," 18 Feb. 2020 Arguably the best pass rush in the NFL was on display in a losing effort. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "What we learned from Super Bowl LIV: Kansas City Chiefs win 31-20 over San Francisco 49ers," 3 Feb. 2020 Put anyone else on the UFC roster in Covington’s shoes, and his valiance in a losing effort would be lauded. Dave Doyle, MMA Junkie, "Colby Covington's comeuppance trumps everything, even his show of heart at UFC 245 | Opinion," 15 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of losing

1519, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Losing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/losing. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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