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

OTHER WORDS FROM losing

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

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 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 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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Idioms and Phrases with losing

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