Definition of LOSE

verb : LOSE

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) fail to keep or to maintain; cease to have, either physically or in an abstract sense; "She lost her purse when she left it unattended on her seat" ;

  • 2. (

    ) fail to win; "We lost the battle but we won the war" ;

  • 3. (

    ) suffer the loss of a person through death or removal; "She lost her husband in the war"; "The couple that wanted to adopt the child lost her when the biological parents claimed her" ;

  • 4. (

    ) miss from one's possessions; lose sight of; "I've lost my glasses again!" ;

  • 5. (

    ) allow to go out of sight or mind; "The detective lost the man he was shadowing after he had to stop at a red light"; "lose the crowds by climbing a mountain"; "the lost tribe" ;

  • 6. (

    ) fail to make money in a business; make a loss or fail to profit; "I lost thousands of dollars on that bad investment!"; "The company turned a loss after the first year" ;

  • 7. (

    ) fail to get or obtain; "I lost the opportunity to spend a year abroad" ;

  • 8. (

    ) fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind; "I missed that remark"; "She missed his point"; "We lost part of what he said" ;

  • 9. (

    ) withdraw, as from reality; "he lost himslef in his music" ;

  • 10. (

    ) be set at a disadvantage; "This author really suffers in translation"; "The painting loses something in this light" ;

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