from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Unable to find one's way.
  • adjective No longer in the possession, care, or control of someone or something.
  • adjective No longer in existence; vanished or spent.
  • adjective No longer known or practiced.
  • adjective Beyond reach, communication, or influence.
  • adjective Not used to one's benefit or advantage.
  • adjective Having not been or unlikely to be won; unsuccessful.
  • adjective Beyond recovery or redemption; fallen or destroyed.
  • adjective Completely involved or absorbed; rapt.
  • adjective Bewildered or confused.
  • idiom (be lost on) To have no effect or influence on.
  • idiom (be lost on) To be beyond the comprehension of.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Parted with unwillingly or by misadventure; not to be found; no longer held or possessed; no longer kept in knowledge or remembrance: as, a lost book; a lost limb; a lost fortune.
  • Not won or gained; missed: as, a lost prize; a lost chance.
  • Not employed or enjoyed; not effectually or profitably used; misspent; wasted: as, a lost day; a lost opportunity.
  • Ruined; destroyed; consumed or wasted away, whether physically or morally: as, lost health; lost honor.
  • Spiritually ruined; abandoned morally; in theology, finally shut out from salvation or eternal life; damned: as, a lost soul.
  • Bewildered; absent-minded; absorbed: as, he looked about in a lost way.
  • Synonyms Missing.
  • 4 and
  • Shattered; overthrown; downfallen; depraved, abandoned, reprobate, profligate, incorrigible, shameless.
  • noun See lose.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Parted with unwillingly or unintentionally; not to be found; missing.
  • adjective Parted with; no longer held or possessed
  • adjective Not employed or enjoyed; thrown away; employed ineffectually; wasted; squandered
  • adjective Having wandered from, or unable to find, the way; bewildered; perplexed
  • adjective Ruined or destroyed, either physically or morally; past help or hope
  • adjective Hardened beyond sensibility or recovery; alienated; insensible
  • adjective Not perceptible to the senses; no longer visible
  • adjective Occupied with, or under the influence of, something, so as to be insensible of external things.
  • adjective (Mach.) the difference between the motion of a driver and that of a follower, due to the yielding of parts or looseness of joints.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of lose.
  • adjective Unable to find one's way; unavailable, with location unknown.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective not gained or won
  • adjective no longer in your possession or control; unable to be found or recovered
  • adjective unable to function; without help
  • noun people who are destined to die soon
  • adjective incapable of being recovered or regained
  • adjective having lost your bearings; confused as to time or place or personal identity
  • adjective spiritually or physically doomed or destroyed
  • adjective deeply absorbed in thought
  • adjective perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment
  • adjective not caught with the senses or the mind


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  • A village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. In this case Lost is the Anglicisation of its Scots Gaelic name, Lòsda, meaning inn.

    January 1, 2008

  • "Just because I'm losing

    Doesn't mean I'm lost

    Doesn't mean I'll stop

    Doesn't mean I'm in a cross"

    March 26, 2009