lose

[ looz ]
/ luz /

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

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.

Idioms

    lose face. face(def 51).
    lose it, Informal. to suddenly lose control of one's emotions: When he said he loved me, I nearly lost it.

Origin of lose

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
Related formsre·lose, verb (used with object), re·lost, re·los·ing.
Can be confusedloose loosen lose loss
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British Dictionary definitions for lose out (1 of 2)

lose out


verb informal

(intr, adverb) to be defeated or unsuccessful
lose out on to fail to secure or make use ofwe lost out on the sale

British Dictionary definitions for lose out (2 of 2)

lose

/ (luːz) /

verb loses, losing or lost (mainly tr)

Derived Formslosable, 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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Word Origin and History for lose out

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Idioms and Phrases with lose out (1 of 2)

lose out


1

Fail to succeed, be defeated, as in The election's over, and you've lost out. [Mid-1800s]

2

Also, lose out on or in. Miss an opportunity to participate, as in We came so late that we lost out on our chance to see her dance, or The Republicans lost out in last fall's elections. [Colloquial; mid-1900s] Also see miss out on.

Idioms and Phrases with lose out (2 of 2)

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

also see:

  • get (lose) one's bearings
  • keep (lose) one's cool
  • keep (lose) track
  • win some, lose some

Also see underlosinglost.

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