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lose

[ looz ]
/ luz /
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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.
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Idioms about lose

    lose face. face (def. 53).
    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

OTHER WORDS FROM lose

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lose

loose, loosen, lose , loss
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British Dictionary definitions for lose

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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