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lose
WordNet 2.0
  • be set at a disadvantage
  • "This author really suffers in translation"
  • fail to win
  • "We lost the battle but we won the war"
  • retreat
  • place (something) where one cannot find it again
  • "I misplaced my eyeglasses"
  • suffer the loss of a person through death or removal
  • "She lost her husband in the war"
  • "The couple that wanted to adopt the child lost her when the biological parents claimed her"
  • fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind
  • "I missed that remark"
  • "She missed his point"
  • "We lost part of what he said"
  • allow to go out of sight
  • "The detective lost the man he was shadowing after he had to stop at a red light"
  • miss from one''s possessions
  • lose sight of
  • "I''ve lost my glasses again!"
  • fail to keep or to maintain
  • cease to have, either physically or in an abstract sense
  • "She lost her purse when she left it unattended on her seat"
  • fail to get or obtain
  • "I lost the opportunity to spend a year abroad"
  • fail to make money in a business
  • make a loss or fail to profit
  • "I lost thousands of dollars on that bad investment!"
  • "The company turned a loss after the first year"
lose
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. To part with unintentionally or unwillingly, as by accident, misfortune, negligence, penalty, forfeit, etc.; to be deprived of; as, to lose money from one's purse or pocket, or in business or gaming; to lose an arm or a leg by amputation; to lose men in battle.

    "Fair Venus wept the sad disaster Of having lost her favorite dove." -- Prior.

    2. To cease to have; to possess no longer; to suffer diminution of; as, to lose one's relish for anything; to lose one's health.

    "If the salt hath lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted ?" -- Matt. v. 13.

    3. Not to employ; to employ ineffectually; to throw away; to waste; to squander; as, to lose a day; to lose the benefits of instruction.

    "The unhappy have but hours, and these they lose." -- Dryden.

    4. To wander from; to miss, so as not to be able to and; to go astray from; as, to lose one's way.

    "He hath lost his fellows." -- Shak

    5. To ruin; to destroy; as destroy; as, the ship was lost on the ledge.

    "The woman that deliberates is lost." -- Addison.

    6. To be deprived of the view of; to cease to see or know the whereabouts of; as, he lost his companion in the crowd.

    "Like following life thro' creatures you dissect, You lose it in the moment you detect." -- Pope.

    7. To fail to obtain or enjoy; to fail to gain or win; hence, to fail to catch with the mind or senses; to miss; as, I lost a part of what he said.

    "He shall in no wise lose his reward." -- Matt. x. 42.

    "I fought the battle bravely which I lost, And lost it but to Macedonians." -- Dryden.

    8. To cause to part with; to deprive of. [R.]

    "How should you go about to lose him a wife he loves with so much passion ?" -- Sir W. Temple.

    9. To prevent from gaining or obtaining.

    "O false heart ! thou hadst almost betrayed me to eternal flames, and lost me this glory." -- Baxter.

    To lose ground
    to fall behind; to suffer gradual loss or disadvantage.

    To lose heart
    to lose courage; to become timid. "The mutineers lost heart." Macaulay.

    To lose one's head
    to be thrown off one's balance; to lose the use of one's good sense or judgment.

    "In the excitement of such a discovery, many scholars lost their heads." -- Whitney.



    To lose one's self
    (a) To forget or mistake the bearing of surrounding objects; as, to lose one's self in a great city. (b) To have the perceptive and rational power temporarily suspended; as, we lose ourselves in sleep.

    To lose sight of
    (a) To cease to see; as, to lose sight of the land. (b) To overlook; to forget; to fail to perceive; as, he lost sight of the issue.

  • 1. To suffer loss, disadvantage, or defeat; to be worse off, esp. as the result of any kind of contest.

    "We 'll . . . hear poor rogues Talk of court news; and we'll talk with them too, Who loses and who wins; who's in, who's out." -- Shak.

 

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