What does LOSE mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. loseverb

    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. loseverb

    fail to win

    "We lost the battle but we won the war"

  3. loseverb

    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. misplace, mislay, loseverb

    place (something) where one cannot find it again

    "I misplaced my eyeglasses"

  5. loseverb

    miss from one's possessions; lose sight of

    "I've lost my glasses again!"

  6. loseverb

    allow to go out of sight

    "The detective lost the man he was shadowing after he had to stop at a red light"

  7. lose, turn a lossverb

    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"

  8. loseverb

    fail to get or obtain

    "I lost the opportunity to spend a year abroad"

  9. fall back, lose, drop off, fall behind, recedeverb

    retreat

  10. miss, loseverb

    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"

  11. suffer, loseverb

    be set at a disadvantage

    "This author really suffers in translation"

Wiktionary

  1. loseverb

    To cause (something) to cease to be in one's possession or capability due to unfortunate or unknown circumstances, events or reasons.

  2. loseverb

    To have (an organ) removed from one's body, especially by accident.

  3. loseverb

    To fail to win (a game, competition, trial, etc).

    We lost the match.

  4. loseverb

    To shed (weight); to reduce.

    I've lost five pounds this week.

  5. loseverb

    To experience the death of (someone to whom one has an attachment, such as a relative or friend).

    She lost all her sons in the war.

  6. loseverb

    To be unable to follow or trace (somebody or something) any longer.

  7. loseverb

    To shed, remove, discard, or eliminate.

    When we get into the building, please lose the hat.

  8. loseverb

    Of a clock, to run slower than expected.

  9. loseverb

    To cause (someone) the loss of something; to deprive of.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Loseverb

    to part with unintentionally or unwillingly, as by accident, misfortune, negligence, penalty, forfeit, etc.; to be deprived of; as, to lose money from one's purse or pocket, or in business or gaming; to lose an arm or a leg by amputation; to lose men in battle

    Etymology: [OE. losien to loose, be lost, lose, AS. losian to become loose; akin to OE. leosen to lose, p. p. loren, lorn, AS. lesan, p. p. loren (in comp.), D. verliezen, G. verlieren, Dan. forlise, Sw. frlisa, frlora, Goth. fraliusan, also to E. loose, a & v., L. luere to loose, Gr. ly`ein, Skr. l to cut. 127. Cf. Analysis, Palsy, Solve, Forlorn, Leasing, Loose, Loss.]

  2. Loseverb

    to cease to have; to possess no longer; to suffer diminution of; as, to lose one's relish for anything; to lose one's health

    Etymology: [OE. losien to loose, be lost, lose, AS. losian to become loose; akin to OE. leosen to lose, p. p. loren, lorn, AS. lesan, p. p. loren (in comp.), D. verliezen, G. verlieren, Dan. forlise, Sw. frlisa, frlora, Goth. fraliusan, also to E. loose, a & v., L. luere to loose, Gr. ly`ein, Skr. l to cut. 127. Cf. Analysis, Palsy, Solve, Forlorn, Leasing, Loose, Loss.]

  3. Loseverb

    not to employ; to employ ineffectually; to throw away; to waste; to squander; as, to lose a day; to lose the benefits of instruction

    Etymology: [OE. losien to loose, be lost, lose, AS. losian to become loose; akin to OE. leosen to lose, p. p. loren, lorn, AS. lesan, p. p. loren (in comp.), D. verliezen, G. verlieren, Dan. forlise, Sw. frlisa, frlora, Goth. fraliusan, also to E. loose, a & v., L. luere to loose, Gr. ly`ein, Skr. l to cut. 127. Cf. Analysis, Palsy, Solve, Forlorn, Leasing, Loose, Loss.]

  4. Loseverb

    to wander from; to miss, so as not to be able to and; to go astray from; as, to lose one's way

    Etymology: [OE. losien to loose, be lost, lose, AS. losian to become loose; akin to OE. leosen to lose, p. p. loren, lorn, AS. lesan, p. p. loren (in comp.), D. verliezen, G. verlieren, Dan. forlise, Sw. frlisa, frlora, Goth. fraliusan, also to E. loose, a & v., L. luere to loose, Gr. ly`ein, Skr. l to cut. 127. Cf. Analysis, Palsy, Solve, Forlorn, Leasing, Loose, Loss.]

  5. Loseverb

    to ruin; to destroy; as destroy; as, the ship was lost on the ledge

    Etymology: [OE. losien to loose, be lost, lose, AS. losian to become loose; akin to OE. leosen to lose, p. p. loren, lorn, AS. lesan, p. p. loren (in comp.), D. verliezen, G. verlieren, Dan. forlise, Sw. frlisa, frlora, Goth. fraliusan, also to E. loose, a & v., L. luere to loose, Gr. ly`ein, Skr. l to cut. 127. Cf. Analysis, Palsy, Solve, Forlorn, Leasing, Loose, Loss.]

  6. Loseverb

    to be deprived of the view of; to cease to see or know the whereabouts of; as, he lost his companion in the crowd

    Etymology: [OE. losien to loose, be lost, lose, AS. losian to become loose; akin to OE. leosen to lose, p. p. loren, lorn, AS. lesan, p. p. loren (in comp.), D. verliezen, G. verlieren, Dan. forlise, Sw. frlisa, frlora, Goth. fraliusan, also to E. loose, a & v., L. luere to loose, Gr. ly`ein, Skr. l to cut. 127. Cf. Analysis, Palsy, Solve, Forlorn, Leasing, Loose, Loss.]

  7. Loseverb

    to fail to obtain or enjoy; to fail to gain or win; hence, to fail to catch with the mind or senses; to miss; as, I lost a part of what he said

    Etymology: [OE. losien to loose, be lost, lose, AS. losian to become loose; akin to OE. leosen to lose, p. p. loren, lorn, AS. lesan, p. p. loren (in comp.), D. verliezen, G. verlieren, Dan. forlise, Sw. frlisa, frlora, Goth. fraliusan, also to E. loose, a & v., L. luere to loose, Gr. ly`ein, Skr. l to cut. 127. Cf. Analysis, Palsy, Solve, Forlorn, Leasing, Loose, Loss.]

  8. Loseverb

    to cause to part with; to deprive of

    Etymology: [OE. losien to loose, be lost, lose, AS. losian to become loose; akin to OE. leosen to lose, p. p. loren, lorn, AS. lesan, p. p. loren (in comp.), D. verliezen, G. verlieren, Dan. forlise, Sw. frlisa, frlora, Goth. fraliusan, also to E. loose, a & v., L. luere to loose, Gr. ly`ein, Skr. l to cut. 127. Cf. Analysis, Palsy, Solve, Forlorn, Leasing, Loose, Loss.]

  9. Loseverb

    to prevent from gaining or obtaining

    Etymology: [OE. losien to loose, be lost, lose, AS. losian to become loose; akin to OE. leosen to lose, p. p. loren, lorn, AS. lesan, p. p. loren (in comp.), D. verliezen, G. verlieren, Dan. forlise, Sw. frlisa, frlora, Goth. fraliusan, also to E. loose, a & v., L. luere to loose, Gr. ly`ein, Skr. l to cut. 127. Cf. Analysis, Palsy, Solve, Forlorn, Leasing, Loose, Loss.]

  10. Loseverb

    to suffer loss, disadvantage, or defeat; to be worse off, esp. as the result of any kind of contest

    Etymology: [OE. losien to loose, be lost, lose, AS. losian to become loose; akin to OE. leosen to lose, p. p. loren, lorn, AS. lesan, p. p. loren (in comp.), D. verliezen, G. verlieren, Dan. forlise, Sw. frlisa, frlora, Goth. fraliusan, also to E. loose, a & v., L. luere to loose, Gr. ly`ein, Skr. l to cut. 127. Cf. Analysis, Palsy, Solve, Forlorn, Leasing, Loose, Loss.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lose

    lōōz, v.t. to be deprived of: to cease to have: to mislay: to waste, as time: to miss: to bewilder: to cause to perish: to ruin.—v.i. to fail, to be unsuccessful: to suffer waste:—pr.p. los′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. lost.—adj. Los′able.—n. Los′er.—adj. Los′ing, causing loss.—adv. Los′ingly.—n. Loss, the act of losing: injury: destruction: defeat: that which is lost: waste.—adj. Lost, parted with: no longer possessed: missing: thrown away: squandered: ruined.—Lose one's self, to lose one's way, to become bewildered; Lost to, insensible to; Lost tribes, the tribes of Israel which never returned from captivity.—At a loss, in uncertainty. [A.S. losianleósan; cog. with Ger. ver-lieren, to lose.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. lose

    1. [very common] To fail. A program loses when it encounters an exceptional condition or fails to work in the expected manner. 2. To be exceptionally unesthetic or crocky. 3. Of people, to be obnoxious or unusually stupid (as opposed to ignorant). See also deserves to lose. 4. n. Refers to something that is losing, especially in the phrases “That's a lose!” and “What a lose!”

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    Rank popularity for the word 'LOSE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1718

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    Rank popularity for the word 'LOSE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1060

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    Rank popularity for the word 'LOSE' in Verbs Frequency: #78

Anagrams for LOSE »

  1. ESOL, Leos, sloe, sole

  2. ESOL

  3. Leos

  4. Sloe

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of LOSE in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of LOSE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of LOSE in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    When United States lose control of the border on the Mexico side, we just close the border.

  2. Idrissa Balde:

    We can't let this go on, otherwise, it is us who will lose out and lose the rainfall while others get rich.

  3. Steven Munger:

    What we've known for a long time is one of the major causes of smell loss are upper respiratory tract infections due to viruses -- a common cold, influenza -- a subset of people lose their sense of smell, most of them temporarily, but a small subset lose that smell permanently.

  4. Chris Gagin:

    I don't have any illusions that my resignation's going to change the base. It's not, what I think national Republicans have to think about is if you have moderate to establishment Republicans, and certainly those on the independent side that have conservative views, if the President starts to lose us, and I'm not saying that's where it is at the moment... then the base alone's not going to be enough to carry him through.

  5. Aesop:

    Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.

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