losing

[ loo-zing ]
/ ˈlu zɪŋ /

adjective

causing or suffering loss.

noun

losings, losses.

Origin of losing

before 950; Middle English, Old English; see lose, -ing2, -ing1

Related forms

los·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for losing (2 of 2)

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.

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 forms

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

Can be confused

loose loosen lose loss
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British Dictionary definitions for losing (1 of 2)

losing

/ (ˈluːzɪŋ) /

adjective

unprofitable; failingthe business was a losing concern

British Dictionary definitions for losing (2 of 2)

lose

/ (luːz) /

verb loses, losing or lost (mainly tr)


Derived Forms

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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Idioms and Phrases with losing

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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