Definition of lose
- IPA: /luːz/, SAMPA: /lu:z/
- Rhymes: -uːz
- Audio (US) [?]
- Homophones: loos, Lou's
to lose (third-person singular simple present loses, present participle losing, simple past and past participle lost)
- (transitive) To cause (something) to cease to be in one's possession or capability due to unfortunate or unknown circumstances, events or reasons.
I lost the ten pound note. I must have dropped it.
He lost his hearing in the explosion.
She lost her position when the company was taken over.
- (transitive) To fail to win (a game, competition, trial, etc). Often followed by out
We lost the match.
We lost out to Sweden in the final.
- (transitive) To shed (weight); to reduce.
I've lost five pounds this week.
- (transitive) To have (a relative or friend) die.
She lost all her sons in the war.
- (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.
- (transitive) (informal) To shed, remove, discard, or eliminate.
When we get into the building, please lose the hat.
- (intransitive) To fail to be the winner.
Did you win this time? - No, I lost again.
- Of a clock, to run slower than expected.
My watch loses five minutes a week.
- Do not confuse lose with loose.
- (cause to cease to be in one's possession): leave behind, mislay
- (shed (weight)): drop, shed
- (shed, remove, discard, eliminate): ditch, drop, dump, get rid of, jettison
- (cause to cease to be in one's possession): come across, discover, find, gain, acquire, procure, get, pick up, snag
- (shed (weight)): gain, put on
- (be unable to follow or trace (somebody or something) any longer): find
- (shed, remove, discard, eliminate): pick up
- (fail to be the winner): come first, win
- Alphagram: elos
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