verb (used with or without object)
- to absent oneself: I think I'll get lost before an argument starts.
- to stop being a nuisance: If they call again, tell them to get lost.
- no longer belonging to.
- no longer possible or open to: The opportunity was lost to him.
- insensible to: lost to all sense of duty.
Definition for lost (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 lost
So in that sense we have gotten close to the families that have lost loved ones, be it from one side or the other.
After four or five months of casual interaction, they realized they both had lost a young parent to cancer.
He was not originally so uninhibited, however, as can now be seen in his “lost” novel, Skylight.
“The origin of Brokpas is lost in antiquity,” a research article from the University of Delhi notes.
He lost his bid for a fourth term to George Pataki that year.
Hide it not for my help, for my honour, but tell me, Lest my time and thy time be lost days and confusion!Poems By The Way & Love Is Enough|William Morris
Surely we thought we were lost before, when he threw the great rock, and washed our ship back to the shore.
Paler and slighter than in the old days, she had lost none of her beauty.Only One Love, or Who Was the Heir|Charles Garvice
The building is so far beyond any familiar proportions that at first sight all details are lost upon its broad front.Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 2|Francis Marion Crawford
Helen did not answer, nor did she half realize the question, so lost was she in her own misery.King Midas|Upton Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for lost (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for lost (2 of 2)
verb loses, losing or lost (mainly tr)
Word Origin for lose
Word Origin and History for lost (1 of 2)
"defeated," c.1300; "wasted, spent in vain," c.1500; also "no longer to be found" (1520s), from past participle of lose. Lost Cause in reference to the Southern U.S. bid for independence is from the title of E.A. Pollard's history of the CSA and the rebellion (1866). Lost Generation in reference to the period 1914-18 first attested 1926 in Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises," where he credits it to Gertrude Stein.
Word Origin and History for lost (1 of 2)
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 lost (1 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with lost
- lost cause
- lost in the shuffle
- lost in thought
- lost on one
- get lost
- he who hesitates is lost
- make up for lost time
- no love lost
- you've lost me
Idioms and Phrases with lost (2 of 2)
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.