Pronunciation: lŌz
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Lost (lǒst; 115) p. pr. & vb. n. Losing (lŌz"ĭng).]
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.
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.
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.
5.To ruin; to destroy; as destroy; as, the ship was lost on the ledge.
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.
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.
8.To cause to part with; to deprive of.
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.
To lose ground
to fall behind; to suffer gradual loss or disadvantage.
To lose heart
to lose courage; to become timid.
To lose one's head
to be thrown off one's balance; to lose the use of one's good sense or judgment, through fear, anger, or other emotion.
- Macaulay.
v. i.1.To suffer loss, disadvantage, or defeat; to be worse off, esp. as the result of any kind of contest.
Verb1.lose - 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"
keep, hold on - retain possession of; "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married"
2.lose - fail to win; "We lost the battle but we won the war"
win - be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious; "He won the Gold Medal in skating"; "Our home team won"; "Win the game"
3.lose - 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"
4.lose - place (something) where one cannot find it again; "I misplaced my eyeglasses"
Synonyms: mislay, misplace
5.lose - miss from one's possessions; lose sight of; "I've lost my glasses again!"
regain, find - come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost; "Did you find your glasses?"; "I cannot find my gloves!"
6.lose - allow to go out of sight; "The detective lost the man he was shadowing after he had to stop at a red light"
7.lose - 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"
Synonyms: turn a loss
break even - make neither profit nor loss
turn a profit, profit - make a profit; gain money or materially; "The company has not profited from the merger"
8.lose - fail to get or obtain; "I lost the opportunity to spend a year abroad"
gain, win, acquire - win something through one's efforts; "I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese"; "Gain an understanding of international finance"
9.lose - retreat
10.lose - 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"
Synonyms: miss
11.lose - be set at a disadvantage; "This author really suffers in translation"
Synonyms: suffer
(jargon)lose - (MIT) 1. To fail. A program loses when it encounters an exceptional condition or fails to work in the expected manner.

2. To be exceptionally unesthetic or crocky.

3. Of people, to be obnoxious or unusually stupid (as opposed to ignorant).

4. Refers to something that is losing, especially in the phrases "That's a lose!" and "What a lose!"
To dream that you lose something may mean that you really have misplaced something that you had not realized yet. It may also be a signal for you to clean out and reorganize your life. You have become overwhelmed and distracted with the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. On a symbolic note, losing things in your dream may signify lost opportunities, past relationships or forgotten aspects of yourself. Your personal associations to the thing you lose will clue you into the emotional meaning and interpretation of your dream.be bereaved of, be found wanting, be unsuccessful, bereave, bite the dust, bow, bow to, capitulate, clear, come to grief, consume, decline, default, disinherit, displace, dispossess, dissipate, divest, draw a blank, drop, elude, escape, evade, exhaust, expend, fail of success, fall, flunk, flunk out, forget, fritter away, give the slip, give up, go astray from, go bankrupt, go down, go under, have enough, incur loss, kiss good-bye, labor in vain, let slip, lick the dust, lose out, lose sight of, lose the day, miss, not come off, not pass, not remember, not work, oust, part with, relinquish, rid, rob, say uncle, shake off, slip, spend, spill, squander, succumb, suffer loss, surrender, take the count, throw off, trifle away, tumble, unburden, undergo privation, use up, wander from, waste, yield
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