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 But there was nothing routine about either win — the first two for the Islanders at UBS Arena following seven straight losses (0-5-2), which is the longest losing streak to open a new arena by the host team in NHL history. Jerry Beach, Forbes, 30 Dec. 2021 The win kept the Coyotes from an ignominious club record, the longest losing streak to start a season in franchise history. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 8 Nov. 2021 Since then, the Wildcats have lost 16 in a row, the longest losing streak in the Power Five. oregonlive, 7 Oct. 2021 The Orioles have lost 19 straight games, the longest losing streak in Major League Baseball since the 2005 Kansas City Royals lost 19 in a row and tied for the fourth-longest streak since 1900. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, 25 Aug. 2021 The Orioles have dropped 18 consecutive games, the longest losing streak in the majors since the Kansas City Royals lost 19 straight games in 2005. New York Times, 23 Aug. 2021 The Mules won one game in Wood’s first season, then five the next, giving Muleshoe its first non-losing season in two decades. Los Angeles Times, 12 Dec. 2021 The benchmark index on Thursday fell for a fourth consecutive session, marking its longest losing streak since June. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 10 Sep. 2021 Arizona defeated Cal 10-3, ending the nation’s longest losing streak. Michel Lev, The Arizona Republic, 14 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of losing

1519, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

17 Jan 2022

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“Losing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/losing. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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