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lost

[ lawst, lost ]
/ lɔst, lɒst /
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adjective

verb (used with or without object)

simple past tense and past participle of lose.

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Nearby words

loss ratio, lossless, lossmaker, lossmaking, lossy, lost, lost and found, lost cause, lost colony, lost generation, lost in the shuffle

Idioms

    get lost, Slang.
    1. to absent oneself: I think I'll get lost before an argument starts.
    2. to stop being a nuisance: If they call again, tell them to get lost.
    lost to,
    1. no longer belonging to.
    2. no longer possible or open to: The opportunity was lost to him.
    3. insensible to: lost to all sense of duty.
SYNONYMS FOR lost
1 forfeited, gone, missing.
3 confused, perplexed.
4 squandered.
Related formsun·lost, adjective

Definition for lost (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 formsre·lose, verb (used with object), re·lost, re·los·ing.
Can be confusedloose loosen lose loss
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British Dictionary definitions for lost (1 of 2)

lost

/ (lɒst) /

adjective

British Dictionary definitions for lost (2 of 2)

lose

/ (luːz) /

verb loses, losing or lost (mainly tr)

Derived Formslosable, 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 lost (1 of 2)

lost


In addition to the idioms beginning with lost

  • lost cause
  • lost in the shuffle
  • lost in thought
  • lost on one

also see:

  • get lost
  • he who hesitates is lost
  • make up for lost time
  • no love lost
  • you've lost me

Also seelose.

Idioms and Phrases with lost (2 of 2)

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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