from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To be unsuccessful in retaining possession of; mislay.
- intransitive verb To be deprived of (something one has had).
- intransitive verb To be left alone or desolate because of the death of.
- intransitive verb To be unable to keep alive.
- intransitive verb To be unable to keep control or allegiance of.
- intransitive verb To fail to win; fail in.
- intransitive verb To fail to use or take advantage of.
- intransitive verb To fail to hear, see, or understand.
- intransitive verb To let (oneself) become unable to find the way.
- intransitive verb To remove (oneself), as from everyday reality into a fantasy world.
- intransitive verb To rid oneself of.
- intransitive verb To consume aimlessly; waste.
- intransitive verb To wander from or become ignorant of.
- intransitive verb To elude or outdistance.
- intransitive verb To be outdistanced by.
- intransitive verb To become slow by (a specified amount of time). Used of a timepiece.
- intransitive verb To cause or result in the loss of.
- intransitive verb To cause to be destroyed. Usually used in the passive.
- intransitive verb To cause to be damned.
- intransitive verb To suffer loss.
- intransitive verb To be defeated.
- intransitive verb To operate or run slow. Used of a timepiece.
- idiom (lose it) To become very angry or emotionally upset.
- idiom (lose it) To become deranged or mentally disturbed.
- idiom (lose it) To become less capable or proficient; decline.
- idiom (lose out on) To miss (an opportunity, for example).
- idiom (lose time) To operate too slowly. Used of a timepiece.
- idiom (lose time) To delay advancement.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To praise.
- A Middle English form of
- To miss from present possession or knowledge; part with or be parted from by misadventure; fail to keep, as something that one owns, or is in charge of or concerned for, or would keep.
- To be dispossessed, deprived, or bereaved of; be prevented or debarred from keeping, holding, or retaining; be parted from without wish or consent: as, to
losemoney by speculation; to lose blood by a wound; to lose one's hair by sickness; to lose a friend by death.
- To cease to have; part with through change of condition or relations; be rid of or disengaged from.
- To fail to preserve or maintain: as, to
loseone's reputation or reason; to lose credit.
- To fail to gain or win; fail to grasp or secure; miss; let slip: as, to
losean opportunity; to lose a prize, a game, or a battle.
- To let slip or escape from observation, perception, etc.: as, I lost what he was saying, from inattention; we lost the ship in the fog.
- To fail to profit by; miss the use, advantage, or enjoyment of; waste.
- To cause to miss or be deprived of; subject to the loss of: as, his slowness lost him the chance.
- To displace, dislodge, or expel.
- To give over to ruin, disgrace, or shame: chiefly in the past participle.
- To be bewildered; have the thoughts or reason hopelessly perplexed or confused.
- To become abstracted or fall into a reverie; become absorbed in thought; lose consciousness, as in slumber.
- To suffer loss or deprivation.
- To incur forfeit in a contest; fail to win.
- To succumb; fail; suffer by comparison.
- noun The act of losing; loss.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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If you play it over and over, without a break between repetitions, you’ll probably find that it becomes weird to you—the same way saying “purple” over and over makes the word lose its meaning.
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All we have to lose is our self-concept of an egalitarian society ...
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The only thing you might have to lose is your clothing.
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