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verb (used with object), lost [lawst, lost], /lɔst, lɒst/, los·ing [loo-zing]. /ˈlu zɪŋ/.
verb (used without object), lost, los·ing.
Verb Phrases
lose out, to suffer defeat or loss; fail to obtain something desired: He got through the preliminaries, but lost out in the finals.
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Idioms about lose

Origin of lose

First recorded in before 900; Middle English losen, Old English -lēosan; replacing Middle English lesen, itself also reflecting Old English -lēosan; cognate with German verlieren, Gothic fraliusan “to lose”; see loss


re·lose, verb (used with object), re·lost, re·los·ing.


1. loose, loosen, lose 2. lose , loss
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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.

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Should lose or loose be used in the following sentence?

I don’t want to _____ this game!

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British Dictionary definitions for lose

/ (luːz) /

verb loses, losing or lost (mainly tr)

Derived forms of lose

losable, adjectivelosableness, noun

Word Origin for lose

Old English losian to perish; related to Old English -lēosan as in forlēosan to forfeit. Compare loose
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