[ lawst, lost ]
/ lɔst, lɒst /
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no longer possessed or retained: lost friends.
no longer to be found: lost articles.
having gone astray or missed the way; bewildered as to place, direction, etc.: lost children.
not used to good purpose, as opportunities, time, or labor; wasted: a lost advantage.
being something that someone has failed to win: a lost prize.
ending in or attended with defeat: a lost battle.
destroyed or ruined: lost ships.
preoccupied; rapt: He seems lost in thought.
distracted; distraught; desperate; hopeless: the lost look of a man trapped and afraid.
verb (used with or without object)
simple past tense and past participle of lose.
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Idioms about lost
- 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.
get lost, Slang.
OTHER WORDS FROM lostun·lost, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lost
/ (lɒst) /
unable to be found or recovered
unable to find one's way or ascertain one's whereabouts
confused, bewildered, or helplesshe is lost in discussions of theory
(sometimes foll by on) not utilized, noticed, or taken advantage of (by)rational arguments are lost on her
no longer possessed or existing because of defeat, misfortune, or the passage of timea lost art
destroyed physicallythe lost platoon
(foll by to) no longer available or open (to)
(foll by to) insensible or impervious (to a sense of shame, justice, etc)
(foll by in) engrossed (in)he was lost in his book
morally fallena lost woman
damneda lost soul
get lost (usually imperative) informal go away and stay away
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with lost
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
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.