What is the meaning of lose?


  • Fail to keep or to maintain; cease to have, either physically or in an abstract sense.
    • usage: "She lost her purse when she left it unattended on her seat"
  • Fail to win.
    • usage: "We lost the battle but we won the war"
  • Suffer the loss of a person through death or removal.
    • usage: "She lost her husband in the war"; "The couple that wanted to adopt the child lost her when the biological parents claimed her"
  • Place (something) where one cannot find it again.
    • usage: "I misplaced my eyeglasses"
  • Miss from one's possessions; lose sight of.
    • usage: "I've lost my glasses again"
  • Allow to go out of sight.
    • usage: "The detective lost the man he was shadowing after he had to stop at a red light"
  • Fail to make money in a business; make a loss or fail to profit.
    • usage: "I lost thousands of dollars on that bad investment"; "The company turned a loss after the first year"
  • Fail to get or obtain.
    • usage: "I lost the opportunity to spend a year abroad"
  • Retreat.
  • Fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind.
    • usage: "I missed that remark"; "She missed his point"; "We lost part of what he said"
  • Be set at a disadvantage.
    • usage: "This author really suffers in translation"
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APAWordNet. (2010). lose. Retrieved April 22, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/lose/definitions/1292256
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "lose" http://smartdefine.org/lose/definitions/1292256 (accessed April 22, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, lose, Smart Define, viewed 22 April, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/lose/definitions/1292256>.
MLAWordNet. "lose" 23 October 2010. Web. 22 April 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/lose/definitions/1292256>
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