Definition for losing (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), lost, los·ing.
verb (used without object), lost, los·ing.
Origin of lose
Examples from the Web for losing
She had been, he says, the backbone of their family and losing her shifted their entire emotional landscape.
But there's a ton of value for me in my background and my history, and losing it would be a shame.
Duke kept running for offices and losing by ever-greater margins.
In fact, Clark fell back first from her blows, losing his cap, tie, and badge in the melee.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
For the first time in American history, rural America has been losing population.
He made as great an outcry about Sophie's going as he had about losing his stones.The Black Opal|Katharine Susannah Prichard
They were, however, losing heavily, and found themselves unable to get any further.
I s'pose he wasn't going to take any chances of losing his heiress.The Mystery of Murray Davenport|Robert Neilson Stephens
From this moment on he would be frantic for fear of losing it.Operation: Outer Space|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
He commonly rode to the race-ground amongst the crowd, and kept in memory both the winning and losing horses.Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events|S. Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for losing (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for losing (2 of 2)
verb loses, losing or lost (mainly tr)
Word Origin for lose
Word Origin and History for losing
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.
Idioms and Phrases with losing
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
- get (lose) one's bearings
- keep (lose) one's cool
- keep (lose) track
- win some, lose some
Also see underlosinglost.