lost

adjective \ ˈlȯst \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of lost

1 : not made use of, won, or claimed
  • a lost opportunity
2 a : no longer possessed
  • a lost reputation
b : no longer known
  • a lost tunnel
3 : ruined or destroyed physically or morally : desperate
  • a lost soul
4 a : taken away or beyond reach or attainment : denied
  • regions lost to the faith
b : insensible, hardened
  • lost to shame
5 a : 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

lostness

play \ˈlȯs(t)-nəs\ noun

Examples of lost in a Sentence

  1. He was looking for his lost keys.

  2. Many have tried to find the ruins of the lost city.

  3. We took a wrong turn and got lost.

  4. Hold my hand. I don't want you to get lost.

  5. He has been trying to recapture his lost youth.

  6. The original music is lost to us forever.

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Origin and Etymology of lost

past participle of lose


LOST Defined for English Language Learners

lost

adjective

Definition of lost for English Language Learners

  • : 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


LOST Defined for Kids

lost

adjective

Definition of lost for Students

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

Law Dictionary

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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