What is the meaning of lost?


  • People who are destined to die soon.
    • usage: "the agony of the doomed was in his voice"


  • 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"


  • No longer in your possession or control; unable to be found or recovered.
    • usage: "a lost child"; "lost friends"; "his lost book"; "lost opportunities"
  • Having lost your bearings; confused as to time or place or personal identity.
    • usage: "I frequently find myself disoriented when I come up out of the subway"; "the anesthetic left her completely disoriented"
  • Spiritually or physically doomed or destroyed.
    • usage: "lost souls"; "a lost generation"; "a lost ship"; "the lost platoon"
  • Not gained or won.
    • usage: "a lost battle"; "a lost prize"
  • Incapable of being recovered or regained.
    • usage: "his lost honor"
  • Not caught with the senses or the mind.
    • usage: "words lost in the din"
  • Deeply absorbed in thought.
    • usage: "as distant and bemused as a professor listening to the prattling of his freshman class"; "lost in thought"; "a preoccupied frown"
  • Perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment.
    • usage: "obviously bemused by his questions"; "bewildered and confused"; "a cloudy and confounded philosopher"; "just a mixed-up kid"; "she felt lost on the first day of school"
  • Unable to function; without help.
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APAWordNet. (2010). lost. Retrieved April 24, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/lost/definitions/1177775
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