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losing

[loo-zing]
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adjective
  1. causing or suffering loss.
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noun
  1. losings, losses.
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Origin of losing

before 950; Middle English, Old English; see lose, -ing2, -ing1
Related formslos·ing·ly, adverb

lose

[looz]
verb (used with object), lost, los·ing.
  1. to come to be without (something in one's possession or care), through accident, theft, etc., so that there is little or no prospect of recovery: I'm sure I've merely misplaced my hat, not lost it.
  2. to fail inadvertently to retain (something) in such a way that it cannot be immediately recovered: I just lost a dime under this sofa.
  3. to suffer the deprivation of: to lose one's job; to lose one's life.
  4. to be bereaved of by death: to lose a sister.
  5. to fail to keep, preserve, or maintain: to lose one's balance; to lose one's figure.
  6. (of a clock or watch) to run slower by: The watch loses three minutes a day.
  7. to give up; forfeit the possession of: to lose a fortune at the gaming table.
  8. to get rid of: to lose one's fear of the dark; to lose weight; She needs to lose those bangs!
  9. to bring to destruction or ruin (usually used passively): Ship and crew were lost.
  10. to condemn to hell; damn.
  11. to have slip from sight, hearing, attention, etc.: to lose him in the crowd.
  12. to stray from or become ignorant of (one's way, directions, etc.): to lose one's bearings.
  13. to leave far behind in a pursuit, race, etc.; outstrip: She managed to lose the other runners on the final lap of the race.
  14. to use to no purpose; waste: to lose time in waiting.
  15. to fail to have, get, catch, etc.; miss: to lose a bargain.
  16. to fail to win (a prize, stake, etc.): to lose a bet.
  17. to be defeated in (a game, lawsuit, battle, etc.): He has lost very few cases in his career as a lawyer.
  18. to cause the loss of: The delay lost the battle for them.
  19. to let (oneself) go astray, miss the way, etc.: We lost ourselves in the woods.
  20. to allow (oneself) to become absorbed or engrossed in something and oblivious to all else: I had lost myself in thought.
  21. (of a physician or other medical personnel) to fail to preserve the life of (a patient): The doctor came out of the operating room and sadly said, “So sorry. We lost him.”
  22. (of a woman) to fail to be delivered of (a live baby) because of miscarriage, complications in childbirth, etc.
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verb (used without object), lost, los·ing.
  1. to suffer loss: to lose on a contract.
  2. to suffer defeat or fail to win, as in a contest, race, or game: We played well, but we lost.
  3. to depreciate in effectiveness or in some other essential quality: a classic that loses in translation.
  4. (of a clock, watch, etc.) to run slow.
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Verb Phrases
  1. 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
  1. lose face. face(def 51).
  2. lose it, Informal. to suddenly lose control of one's emotions: When he said he loved me, I nearly lost it.
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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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Examples from the Web for losing

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  • The more she thought of Robert's losing his place, the more unfortunate it seemed.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • He had become so wedded to his gold that to lose it was like losing his heart's blood.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • He went dazedly in to him,—and was awakened from the dream that he had been losing a fortune in his sleep.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He little knew how narrow an escape he had had of losing a third!

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Losing a million a minute, even in sleep, he thought, was disquieting.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson


British Dictionary definitions for losing

losing

adjective
  1. unprofitable; failingthe business was a losing concern
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lose

verb loses, losing or lost (mainly tr)
  1. to part with or come to be without, as through theft, accident, negligence, etc
  2. to fail to keep or maintainto lose one's balance
  3. to suffer the loss or deprivation ofto lose a parent
  4. to cease to have or possess
  5. to fail to get or make use ofto lose a chance
  6. (also intr) to fail to gain or win (a contest, game, etc)to lose the match
  7. to fail to see, hear, perceive, or understandI lost the gist of his speech
  8. to wasteto lose money gambling
  9. to wander from so as to be unable to findto lose one's way
  10. to cause the loss ofhis delay lost him the battle
  11. to allow to go astray or out of sightwe lost him in the crowd
  12. (usually passive) to absorb or engrosshe was lost in contemplation
  13. (usually passive) to cause the death or destruction oftwo men were lost in the attack
  14. to outdistance or eludehe soon lost his pursuers
  15. (intr) to decrease or depreciate in value or effectivenesspoetry always loses in translation
  16. (also intr) (of a timepiece) to run slow (by a specified amount)the clock loses ten minutes every day
  17. (of a physician) to fail to sustain the life of (a patient)
  18. (of a woman) to fail to give birth to (a viable baby), esp as the result of a miscarriage
  19. motor racing slang to lose control of (the car), as on a bendhe lost it going into Woodcote
  20. lose it slang to lose control of oneself or one's temper
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Derived Formslosable, adjectivelosableness, noun

Word Origin

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 losing

lose

v.

Old English losian "be lost, perish," from los "destruction, loss," from Proto-Germanic *lausa- (cf. Old Norse los "the breaking up of an army;" Old English forleosan "to lose, destroy," Old Frisian forliasa, Old Saxon farliosan, Middle Dutch verliesen, Old High German firliosan, German verlieren), from PIE root *leu- "to loosen, divide, cut apart, untie, separate" (cf. Sanskrit lunati "cuts, cuts off," lavitram "sickle;" Greek lyein "to loosen, untie, slacken," lysus "a loosening;" Latin luere "to loose, release, atone for, expiate").

Replaced related leosan (a class II strong verb whose past participle loren survives in forlorn and lovelorn), from Proto-Germanic *leusanan (cf. Old High German virliosan, German verlieren, Old Frisian urliasa, Gothic fraliusan "to lose").

Transitive sense of "to part with accidentally" is from c.1200. Meaning "fail to maintain" is from mid-15c. Meaning "to be defeated" (in a game, etc.) is from 1530s. Meaning "to cause (someone) to lose his way" is from 1640s. To lose (one's) mind "become insane" is attested from c.1500. To lose out "fail" is 1858, American English. Related: Lost; losing.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with losing

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