See also Lose



Old English losian



to Lose

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to Lose (third-person singular simple present loses, present participle losing, simple past and past participle lost)
  1. (transitive) To cause (something) to cease to be in one's possession or capability due to unfortunate or unknown circumstances, events or reasons.
    If you lose that ten pound note, you'll be sorry.
    He lost his hearing in the explosion.
    She lost her position when the company was taken over.
  2. (transitive) To have (an organ) removed from one's body, especially by accident.
    Johnny lost a tooth, but kept it for the tooth fairy.
    He lost his spleen in a car wreck.
  3. (transitive) To fail to win (a game, competition, trial, etc). Often followed by out
    We lost the match.
  4. (transitive) To shed (weight); to reduce.
    I’ve lost five pounds this week.
  5. (transitive) To have (a relative or friend) die.
    She lost all her sons in the war.
  6. (transitive) To be unable to follow or trace (somebody or something) any longer.
    The policeman lost the robber he was chasing.
    Mission control lost the satellite as its signal died down.
  7. (transitive, informal) To shed, remove, discard, or eliminate.
    When we get into the building, please lose the hat.
  8. (intransitive) To fail to be the winner.
    Did you win this time? - No, I lost again.
  9. Of a clock, to run slower than expected.
    My watch loses five minutes a week.
    It's already 5:30? My watch must have lost a few minutes.

Usage notesModificar

  • Do not confuse lose with loose.


  • (cause to cease to be in one's possession): leave behind, mislay
  • (fail to win (something):
  • (shed (weight): drop, shed
  • (have (somebody of one's kin) die):
  • (be unable to follow or trace (somebody or something) any longer):
  • (shed, remove, discard, eliminate): ditch, drop, dump, get rid of, jettison
  • (fail to win (intransitive):
  • (last):


Derived termsModificar

See also losing and lost


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Old High German lōs


  • IPA: /ˈloːzə/



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