• WordNet 3.6
    • v lose be set at a disadvantage "This author really suffers in translation"
    • v lose fail to win "We lost the battle but we won the war"
    • v lose retreat
    • v lose place (something) where one cannot find it again "I misplaced my eyeglasses"
    • v 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"
    • v 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"
    • v lose allow to go out of sight "The detective lost the man he was shadowing after he had to stop at a red light"
    • v lose miss from one's possessions; lose sight of "I've lost my glasses again!"
    • v 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"
    • v lose fail to get or obtain "I lost the opportunity to spend a year abroad"
    • v 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

do Not Lose Sight of My White Plume.'——30 do Not Lose Sight of My White Plume.'——30
How it hurts to lose How it hurts to lose
Y Boy, You Are Going to Lose Your Uncle Ike 057 Y Boy, You Are Going to Lose Your Uncle Ike 057
Do not lose a chance of helping others; we never waste time when we are helping others Do not lose a chance of helping others; we never waste time when we are helping others

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A person who smokes a pack of cigarettes a day will on average lose two teeth every ten years
    • Lose 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 ."
    • Lose 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."
    • Lose To cause to part with; to deprive of. "How should you go about to lose him a wife he loves with so much passion?"
    • Lose 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?"
    • Lose To cease to see; as, to lose sight of the land.
    • Lose 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.""I fought the battle bravely which I lost ,
      And lost it but to Macedonians."
    • Lose To have the perceptive and rational power temporarily suspended; as, we lose ourselves in sleep.
    • Lose To overlook; to forget; to fail to perceive; as, he lost sight of the issue.
    • Lose 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."
    • Lose To prevent from gaining or obtaining. "O false heart! thou hadst almost betrayed me to eternal flames, and lost me this glory.""In the excitement of such a discovery, many scholars lost their heads ."
    • Lose To ruin; to destroy; as destroy; as, the ship was lost on the ledge. "The woman that deliberates is lost ."
    • v. i Lose 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."
    • Lose 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Men sweat more than women. This is because women can better regulate the amount of water they lose
    • lose To miss from present possession or knowledge; part with or be parted from by misadventure; fail to keep, as something that one owns, or is in charge of or concerned for, or would keep.
    • lose To be dispossessed, deprived, or bereaved of; be prevented or debarred from keeping, holding, or retaining; be parted from without wish or consent: as, to lose money by speculation; to lose blood by a wound; to lose one's hair by sickness; to lose a friend by death.
    • lose To cease to have; part with through change of condition or relations; be rid of or disengaged from.
    • lose To fail to preserve or maintain: as, to lose one's reputation or reason; to lose credit.
    • lose To fail to gain or win; fail to grasp or secure; miss; let slip: as, to lose an opportunity; to lose a prize, a game, or a battle.
    • lose To let slip or escape from observation, perception, etc.: as, I lost what he was saying, from inattention; we lost the ship in the fog.
    • lose To fail to profit by; miss the use, advantage, or enjoyment of; waste.
    • lose To cause to miss or be deprived of; subject to the loss of: as, his slowness lost him the chance.
    • lose To displace, dislodge, or expel.
    • lose To give over to ruin, disgrace, or shame: chiefly in the past participle.
    • lose To be bewildered; have the thoughts or reason hopelessly perplexed or confused.
    • lose To become abstracted or fall into a reverie; become absorbed in thought; lose consciousness, as in slumber.
    • lose To suffer loss or deprivation.
    • lose To incur forfeit in a contest; fail to win.
    • lose To succumb; fail; suffer by comparison.
    • n lose The act of losing; loss.
    • lose A Middle English form of loose.
    • n lose Praise; fame; reputation; credit.
    • n lose Report; news; gossip.
    • lose To praise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If a crocodile loses his teeth it will always grow new ones to replace them.
    • v.t Lose lōōz to be deprived of: to cease to have: to mislay: to waste, as time: to miss: to bewilder: to cause to perish: to ruin
    • v.i Lose to fail, to be unsuccessful: to suffer waste:—pr.p. los′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. lost
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  • Charles Lynch
    Charles Lynch
    “You can't be a winner and be afraid to lose.”
  • Dick Munro
    Dick Munro
    “Losing is a part of winning.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “We die as often as we lose a friend.”
  • Camille Paglia
    “When anything goes, it's women who lose.”
  • Martina Navratilova
    Martina Navratilova
    “Whoever said, It's not whether you win or lose that counts, probably lost.”
  • Spanish Proverb
    Spanish Proverb
    “Not to watch your workmen is to lose your money.”


Lose face - To lose one's reputation or standing is to lose face
Lose heart - If you lose heart, you stop believing that you can succeed in something, or lose your confidence, courage or conviction.
Lose the plot - If someone loses the plot, they have stopped being rational about something.
Lose your bottle - (UK) If someone loses their bottle, they lose the courage to do something.
Lose your gourd - If someone has lost the gourd, they are out of the mind or have gone crazy- "gourd" is a melon-like plant that symbolizes a person's head. ("Out of your gourd" and "Off your gourd" are also used.)
Lose your lunch - (UK) If you lose your lunch, you vomit.
Lose your marbles - If someone has lost their marbles, they've gone mad.
Lose your rag - Is someone loses their rag, they are very angry about something.
Lose your shirt - If someone loses their shirt, they lose all their money through a bad investment, gambling, etc.
No time to lose - If there's no time to lose, then it's time to get started otherwise it won't be finished on time.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. losien, to loose, be lost, lose, AS. losian, to become loose; akin to OE. leosen, to lose, p. p. loren, lorn, AS. leósan, p. p. loren,in comp.), D. verliezen, G. verlieren, Dan. forlise, Sw. förlisa, förlora, Goth. fraliusan, also to E. loose, a & v., L. luere, to loose, Gr. ly`ein, Skr. , to cut. √127. Cf. Analysis Palsy Solve Forlorn Leasing Loose Loss


In literature:

We gain ourselves when we lose ourselves.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
You know to a certainty that whatever else they may lose, they will not lose their compass or rudder.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
They did their work manfully, for they well knew there was no time to lose.
"Mark Seaworth" by William H.G. Kingston
Fortunately, I did not lose my senses; I dived under, swam a short distance and then gained the bank.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
I felt sorry for my new friend, and I was only glad he had so little to lose.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
The First Brigade had proved its mettle, but here it began to lose.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
They stood in a fair way of losing several pounds that morning.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
They were out rustling for money to pay the landlord and the butcher, and they were losing time.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
The sight of him makes me lose my temper.
"The Straw" by Eugene O'Neill
He had never eaten so fast, for he expected every moment that the seaman would lose patience and clap the handcuffs on him.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

Then I, being dead, might pity win,
And in God's peace
Old memories would lose their sting,
Old sorrows cease.
"Haunted" by Anna Johnston MacManus
O pain that loses not
Its sharp and ancient sting!
O rapture unforgot
Whereof some dark tomorrow yet shall sing!
"De Profundis" by Clark Ashton Smith
The loss is riches while I live,
A joy I would not lose:
Choose ever, God, what Thou wilt give,
Not leaving me to choose.
"A Book of Dreams: Part I" by George MacDonald
Lord, and shall angels have their songs,
And men no tunes to raise?
O may we lose our useless tongues
When they forget to praise.
"Hymn 4 part 1" by Isaac Watts
God be with you! through my losing
And my grieving, shall I say?
Through my smiling and my hoping,
God be with you, friend, to-day!
"Good-By" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
"And grant me?—for I do but find,
In seeking more than God hath shown,
I scorn His power and lose my own—
Grant me a lowly mind.
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

In news:

Bill Self homers — yes, homers — in losing cause.
There are lots of ways to lose your money in this world but here's one I hadn't encountered before: binary option Web sites.
Travelers have the ability to leave these important items at the hotel restaurant, lose them by the pool, or get them stolen while on or off the property, turning a relaxing getaway into a nightmare.
Havens Hard to Find as Bonds Lose Risk Status, BIS Says.
My son's high school football team and every losing political candidate on Tuesday share something in common: knowing the sinking, crushing feeling of It's Over.
Chargers lose a playoff game at home for third time since 2005.
And the odds against you are stacked so high that you might as well just pick your favorite way to lose.
It has been a long, losing battle.
Oct 19, 1987 -- was the worst single day of trading in Wall Street history, with the Dow Jones losing 22.6 percent of its total value.
700,000 in debt, this local bar was losing thousands every month.
Illinois loses at the blackjack table.
Nowadays there's apparently nothing like a losing lawyer's umbrage to make you get religion.
You either win or you lose.
Whitney Port Loses Her Bikini Top.
Those of us fighting the US obsession with brand-names schools are losing badly.

In science:

For α → 1 the distribution of outgoing links loses the scaling behavior and approaches random distribution.
Access time of an adaptive random walk on the world-wide Web
Proof: Suppose hφ|ψi is real and we will show this does not lose any generality for the complex case.
Optimally Conclusive Discrimination of Non-orthogonal Entangled States Locally
As a result, the system loses its stochastic nature.
Transition from random to ordered fractals in fragmentation of particles in an open system
We lose no generality in considering only the case k = 0.
Structure of large random hypergraphs
The equation is hyperbolic, but in a weaker sense than the wave equation since it loses one derivative.
Applications of the theory of evolution equations to general relativity