lost

adjective
\ ˈlȯst How to pronounce lost (audio) \

Definition of lost

1 : not made use of, won, or claimed a lost opportunity
2a : no longer possessed a lost reputation
b : no longer known a lost tunnel
3 : ruined or destroyed physically or morally : desperate a lost soul
4a : taken away or beyond reach or attainment : denied regions lost to the faith
b : insensible, hardened lost to shame
5a : unable to find the way
b : no longer visible lost in the crowd
c : lacking assurance or self-confidence : helpless lost without his glasses
6 : rapt, absorbed lost in reverie
7 : not appreciated or understood : wasted their jokes were lost on me
8 : obscured or overlooked during a process or activity lost in translation
9 : hopelessly unattainable : futile a lost cause

Other Words from lost

lostness \ ˈlȯs(t)-​nəs How to pronounce lost (audio) \ noun

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Examples of lost in a Sentence

He was looking for his lost keys. Many have tried to find the ruins of the lost city. We took a wrong turn and got lost. Hold my hand. I don't want you to get lost. He has been trying to recapture his lost youth. The original music is lost to us forever. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The lost words here had the potential to alter history, depending on the mercurial effect of their delivery. Priya Satia, The New Republic, 20 May 2022 Van—a Black woman and a Black mother—be a little bit lost? Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 May 2022 There’s no point lingering on lost opportunities, especially in a season where the Sea Lions have found so many ways to win. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 May 2022 This movie shows what teens and pre-teens are like when adults aren't watching — including all the rudeness and profanity that goes with it — and then sets that energy on an adventure to find a lost pirate's treasure. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 17 May 2022 One man found his lost luggage thanks to an Apple AirTag. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 15 May 2022 One of the foundation’s purposes is to find the lost pictures that were part of its 9,000-strong catalog of silent film titles. Lise Pedersen, Variety, 10 May 2022 At the same time, surging corn and soy prices are discouraging farmers from planting wheat to compensate for lost exports from Ukraine. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 10 May 2022 And after paying for expert witnesses and other costs, a victim may net around $100,000 — for a lost limb, blindness or dead loved one. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lost

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lost

past participle of lose

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The first known use of lost was in the 15th century

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Dictionary Entries Near lost

lossy

lost

lost and found

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Last Updated

23 May 2022

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“Lost.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lost. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for lost

lost

adjective

Kids Definition of lost

1 : unable to find the way a lost puppy
2 : unable to be found lost luggage
3 : not used, won, or claimed a lost opportunity
4 : no longer possessed or known a lost art long lost cousins
5 : fully occupied lost in thought
6 : not capable of succeeding a lost cause

lost

adjective

Legal Definition of lost

1 : not made use of, won, or claimed lost opportunity costs
2 : unintentionally gone out of or missing from one's possession or control
3 : ruined or destroyed physically also : in an unknown physical condition or location a lost ship

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