Lose

Noun

  • (obsolete) Fame, renown; praise.

Verb

  • Of a clock, to run slower than expected.

    "My watch loses five minutes a week."

  • To fail to catch with the mind or senses; to miss.

    "I lost a part of what he said."

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

    "If you lose that ten-pound note, you'll be sorry."

  • To wander from; to miss, so as not to be able to find; to go astray from.

    "I lost my way in the forest."

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

    "We lost the football match."

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

    "The policeman lost the robber he was chasing."

  • (transitive, informal) To shed, remove, discard, or eliminate.

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

  • To cause (someone) the loss of something; to deprive of.
  • (transitive) To cause (something) to cease to be in one's possession or capability due to unfortunate or unknown circumstances, events or reasons.

    "She lost her position when the company was taken over."

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

    "He lost his spleen in a car wreck."

  • (transitive) 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."

  • (transitive) To cause (somebody) to be unable to follow or trace one any longer.

    "We managed to lose our pursuers in the forest."

  • Of a clock, to run slower than expected.

    "It's already 5:30? My watch must have lost a few minutes."

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

    "He lost his hearing in the explosion."

  • (transitive, archaic) To cause to part with; to deprive of.
  • (transitive) To have (an organ) removed from one's body, especially by accident.

    "Johnny lost a tooth, but kept it for the tooth fairy."

  • (transitive) To shed (weight).

    "I’ve lost five pounds this week."

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

    "Mission control lost the satellite as its signal died down."

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