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lose

lose - Dictionary definition and meaning for word lose

Definition
(verb) fail to keep or to maintain; cease to have, either physically or in an abstract sense
Example Sentence
  • She lost her purse when she left it unattended on her seat

Definition
(verb) fail to win
Example Sentence
  • We lost the battle but we won the war

Definition
(verb) suffer the loss of a person through death or removal
Example Sentence
  • She lost her husband in the war
  • The couple that wanted to adopt the child lost her when the biological parents claimed her

Definition
(verb) place (something) where one cannot find it again
Synonyms : mislay , misplace
Example Sentence
  • I misplaced my eyeglasses

Definition
(verb) miss from one's possessions; lose sight of
Example Sentence
  • I've lost my glasses again!

Definition
(verb) allow to go out of sight
Example Sentence
  • The detective lost the man he was shadowing after he had to stop at a red light

Definition
(verb) fail to make money in a business; make a loss or fail to profit
Synonyms : turn a loss
Example Sentence
  • I lost thousands of dollars on that bad investment!
  • The company turned a loss after the first year

Definition
(verb) fail to get or obtain
Example Sentence
  • I lost the opportunity to spend a year abroad

Definition
(verb) retreat
Definition
(verb) fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind
Synonyms : miss
Example Sentence
  • I missed that remark
  • She missed his point
  • We lost part of what he said

Definition
(verb) be set at a disadvantage
Synonyms : suffer
Example Sentence
  • This author really suffers in translation

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