from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Past tense and past participle of lose.
  • adj. Unable to find one's way: a lost child.
  • adj. No longer in the possession, care, or control of someone or something: a lost pen.
  • adj. No longer in existence; vanished or spent: lost youth.
  • adj. No longer known or practiced: a lost art.
  • adj. Beyond reach, communication, or influence: The expedition was lost to the world for two months.
  • adj. Not used to one's benefit or advantage: a lost opportunity.
  • adj. Having not been or unlikely to be won; unsuccessful: a lost battle; a lost cause.
  • adj. Beyond recovery or redemption; fallen or destroyed: a lost soul.
  • adj. Completely involved or absorbed; rapt: lost in thought.
  • adj. Bewildered or confused: I'm lost—can you start over?
  • idiom be lost on To have no effect or influence on: Her advice was lost on me.
  • idiom be lost on To be beyond the comprehension of: The lecture was lost on us.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Parted with unwillingly or unintentionally; not to be found; missing.
  • adj. Parted with; no longer held or possessed
  • adj. Not employed or enjoyed; thrown away; employed ineffectually; wasted; squandered
  • adj. Having wandered from, or unable to find, the way; bewildered; perplexed
  • adj. Ruined or destroyed, either physically or morally; past help or hope
  • adj. Hardened beyond sensibility or recovery; alienated; insensible
  • adj. Not perceptible to the senses; no longer visible
  • adj. Occupied with, or under the influence of, something, so as to be insensible of external things.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. See lose.

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

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


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