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

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Other Words from lost

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for lost

Synonyms

gone, mislaid, misplaced, missing

Antonyms

owned, possessed, retained

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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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Hold on tight, One Direction fans — that reunion isn’t a lost cause yet. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Louis Tomlinson Says a One Direction Reunion Is "Inevitable"," 5 May 2019 Yields, which fall when bond prices rise, lost ground overnight after Germany’s statistics office... Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "U.S. Government Bonds Inch Up," 4 Apr. 2019 Had a bit of a crack at Hunter-Reay on his out lap on the last stint there, but cooked it too much going into (Turn) 14, got a bit loose, lost momentum. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Perfect? Nearly. That doesn't mean Josef Newgarden's afternoon in Elkhart Lake was easy.," 24 June 2018 Whereas the Rolls Royce is a car fit for a king, and not just any king, but a lost, bloated, self-heartbroken king. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "New Elvis Presley Documentary The King Tells the Story of a Musical Legend," 22 June 2018 That was lost on the warm seaside breeze that happily whistled through the roll-up garage door walls of the Dewey Beer Co., which sits on a beach block corner as close to the sand as perhaps any in brewery America. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Sipping Delaware beer coast's colorful sours," 15 June 2018 Now, the real lost opportunity was Matt Carothers and Rich Perloff, both betting Belmont. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Here’s hoping for even cooler temperatures," 10 July 2018 The drone, being flown by Lynn Fodale and Teddy Henn, was on a mission to find a lost dog named Dezie when it was felled by Chasteen, who is now being charged with third-degree criminal mischief and prohibited use of a weapon. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Man Shotguns Drone Searching for Lost Dog," 25 Feb. 2019 He is completely entranced by the emcee, and follows her around like a lost puppy dog, if that puppy dog wanted desperately to learn how to go down on a woman. Leah Beckmann, The Cut, "Magic Mike Live: Las Vegas," 21 June 2018

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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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11 May 2019

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

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More Definitions for lost

lost

adjective

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

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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