verb (used with object), lost, los·ing.
verb (used without object), lost, los·ing.
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Idioms for lose
Origin of lose
OTHER WORDS FROM losere·lose, verb (used with object), re·lost, re·los·ing.
Words nearby lose
LOSE VS. LOOSE
What's the difference between lose and loose?
Lose is a verb most commonly meaning to fail to win or to misplace something, as in I hate to lose in chess or Don’t lose your key. Loose is most commonly used as an adjective meaning not tight or free or released from fastening, attachment, or restraint, as in a loose screw or Let him loose!
Lose ends with a z sound and rhymes with choose. Loose ends with an s sound and rhymes with moose.
One reason that the two words are sometimes confused is that loose can also be used as a verb, most commonly meaning to free something from a restraint, as in loose the cannons!
Perhaps the most common misuse of these words is when loose is used when lose should be. To remember the difference, remember this sentence: You could lose loose screws. (First comes the verb lose, with one o, followed by the adjective loose, with two o’s).
Here’s an example of lose and loose used correctly in a sentence.
Example: If you carry around loose cash, you could lose it—put it in your wallet.
Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between lose and loose.
Quiz yourself on lose vs. loose!
Should lose or loose be used in the following sentence?
I don’t want to _____ this game!
Example sentences from the Web for lose
The Cornhuskers, who returned to play Saturday, have relied on quick turnarounds between matchups in the hopes of making up their lost games.In schedule shuffle, Maryland will host Nebraska on back-to-back days next week|Emily Giambalvo|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
His name was lost among the dozens of teenagers chasing the dream of playing abroad, kids contracted by first-tier clubs and toiling in the developmental flights.Matthew Hoppe was a little-known American soccer player — until he reached the Bundesliga|Steven Goff|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
With their NCAA tournament hopes flickering, the Terrapins lost, 73-65, at Xfinity Center after allowing the Buckeyes to control the game in the second half.Maryland misses a chance to boost its NCAA tournament hopes with a loss to No. 4 Ohio State|Emily Giambalvo|February 9, 2021|Washington Post
For the most part, as soon as one team started losing, players on that team would begin to quit, with AI players taking their position.Keep the football mode in ‘Rocket League,’ you cowards|Mikhail Klimentov|February 8, 2021|Washington Post
TNT, which broadcasts the All-Star Game, would lose big in this scenario, and Silver might face criticism for bowing to the stars’ complaints.Four options for an NBA All-Star Game that the star players don’t seem to want|Ben Golliver|February 8, 2021|Washington Post
A lot of people ring in the New Year with vows to lose weight and exercise.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Specifically, the pilots got themselves into a high altitude stall, where the wings lose the capacity to provide lift.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The problem, says UC Davis physiologist and nutritionist Linda Bacon, is that very few people can lose weight and keep it off.
“I guess it was their first incident where they lose a plane,” said Dobersberger, the travel agent.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370|Lennox Samuels|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If anything, it would lose money gently, elegantly, hopefully not very much at one time.The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger, John Lennon, and Greta Garbo|Felice Picano|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There was not a moment to lose, for one well-directed shot might exterminate half of us.
That he might lose his head and 'introduce an element of sex' was conscience confessing that it had been already introduced.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
Speaking with a certain dignity and using the language of the court, he said that they had not a moment to lose.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
Fearing to lose his way, he bawls over the banister, and through the corridors, “Is any one there?”Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
When Tim hesitates he loses his temper as a sensible man should lose it—he buries it, and his indomitable good humor wins.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
British Dictionary definitions for lose
verb loses, losing or lost (mainly tr)
Derived forms of loselosable, adjectivelosableness, noun
Word Origin for lose
Idioms and Phrases with lose
In addition to the idioms beginning with lose
- lose face
- lose ground
- lose heart
- lose it
- lose no time
- lose one's bearings
- lose one's buttons
- lose one's cool
- lose oneself in
- lose one's grip
- lose one's head
- lose one's hear to
- lose one's lunch
- lose one's marbles
- lose one's mind
- lose one's nerve
- lose one's shirt
- lose one's temper
- lose one's touch
- lose out
- lose sight of
- lose sleep over
- lose the thread
- lose time
- lose touch
- lose track
- get (lose) one's bearings
- keep (lose) one's cool
- keep (lose) track
- win some, lose some
Also see underlosinglost.