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.

Nearby words

  1. los gatos,
  2. los mochis,
  3. los teques,
  4. losable,
  5. loschmidt's number,
  6. lose face,
  7. lose ground,
  8. lose heart,
  9. lose it,
  10. lose no time

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

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

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Idioms and Phrases with lose

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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