\ 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Despite in-store shopping coming to a near-standstill at times, retailers quickly pivoted their strategies to make up for lost revenue and maintain customer loyalty. Guy Yehiav, Forbes, "Three Lessons From Retail’s Experience With The Pandemic," 12 Apr. 2021 The money earmarked for local governments is intended to make up for lost revenue and other costs related to the pandemic. Joe Tash, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Escondido hires Sean McGlynn as new city manager," 2 Apr. 2021 Last year’s playoff field expanded from 10 teams to 16, allowing the league to sell a new layer of content to television networks to make up for some lost revenue. New York Times, "Pitchers Are Hitting Again, So Injuries Will Follow," 26 Mar. 2021 The federal aid package includes billions of dollars in direct aid to local governments, money that can be spent to make up for lost revenue, boost local businesses, and fund essential infrastructure expenses. BostonGlobe.com, "Chart: How much money will each Mass. town receive from the American Rescue Plan?," 23 Mar. 2021 After a year with no live performances, musicians are hoping to connect with their fans on the blockchain and make up for lost revenue by selling them nonfungible tokens. Anne Steele, WSJ, "Musicians Turn to NFTs to Make Up for Lost Revenue," 23 Mar. 2021 To make up for the lost revenue, Della Terza said the library cut three staff positions, one from each branch. Suzanne Baker, chicagotribune.com, "Naperville Public Library drops overdue fees because they hurt those who can least afford it, keeps people from returning," 20 Mar. 2021 But FedEx has found many willing retailers to partner with and has more than replaced the lost revenue from Amazon. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "FedEx is still booming thanks to everyone buying stuff online," 19 Mar. 2021 The funding will fill the gap of lost revenue of up to $5 million for individual restaurants, but with a particular focus on smaller restaurants with losses of less than $500,000. Eliza Fawcett, courant.com, "Daily coronavirus updates: Lowest number of hospitalizations since early November; restaurants applaud new funding under stimulus relief bill," 12 Mar. 2021

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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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17 Apr 2021

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“Lost.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lost. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lost

: unable to be found
: not knowing where you are or how to get to where you want to go : unable to find your way
: no longer held, owned, or possessed



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



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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