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English Dictionary: Lose by the DICT Development Group
5 results for Lose
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. 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"
    Antonym(s): hold on, keep
  2. fail to win; "We lost the battle but we won the war"
    Antonym(s): win
  3. 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. place (something) where one cannot find it again; "I misplaced my eyeglasses"
    Synonym(s): misplace, mislay, lose
  5. miss from one's possessions; lose sight of; "I've lost my glasses again!"
    Antonym(s): find, regain
  6. allow to go out of sight; "The detective lost the man he was shadowing after he had to stop at a red light"
  7. 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"
    Synonym(s): lose, turn a loss
    Antonym(s): break even, profit, turn a profit
  8. fail to get or obtain; "I lost the opportunity to spend a year abroad"
    Antonym(s): acquire, gain, win
  9. retreat
    Synonym(s): fall back, lose, drop off, fall behind, recede
    Antonym(s): advance, gain, gain ground, get ahead, make headway, pull ahead, win
  10. 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"
    Synonym(s): miss, lose
  11. be set at a disadvantage; "This author really suffers in translation"
    Synonym(s): suffer, lose
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Lose \Lose\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Losing}.] [OE. losien to
      loose, be lost, lose, AS. losian to become loose; akin to OE.
      leosen to lose, p. p. loren, lorn, AS. le[a2]san, p. p. loren
      (in comp.), D. verliezen, G. verlieren, Dan. forlise, Sw.
      f[94]rlisa, f[94]rlora, Goth. fraliusan, also to E. loose, a
      & v., L. luere to loose, Gr. [?], Skr. l[?] to cut.
      [root]127. Cf. {Analysis}, {Palsy}, {Solve}, {Forlorn},
      {Leasing}, {Loose}, {Loss}.]
      1. 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.
                     Fair Venus wept the sad disaster Of having lost her
                     favorite dove.                                    --Prior.
      2. 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.
                     If the salt hath lost his savor, wherewith shall it
                     be salted ?                                       --Matt. v. 13.
      3. Not to employ; to employ ineffectually; to throw away; to
            waste; to squander; as, to lose a day; to lose the
            benefits of instruction.
                     The unhappy have but hours, and these they lose.
      4. To wander from; to miss, so as not to be able to and; to
            go astray from; as, to lose one's way.
                     He hath lost his fellows.                  --Shak
      5. To ruin; to destroy; as destroy; as, the ship was lost on
            the ledge.
                     The woman that deliberates is lost.   --Addison.
      6. To be deprived of the view of; to cease to see or know the
            whereabouts of; as, he lost his companion in the crowd.
                     Like following life thro' creatures you dissect, You
                     lose it in the moment you detect.      --Pope.
      7. 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.
                     He shall in no wise lose his reward.   --Matt. x. 42.
                     I fought the battle bravely which I lost, And lost
                     it but to Macedonians.                        --Dryden.
      8. To cause to part with; to deprive of. [R.]
                     How should you go about to lose him a wife he loves
                     with so much passion ?                        --Sir W.
      9. To prevent from gaining or obtaining.
                     O false heart ! thou hadst almost betrayed me to
                     eternal flames, and lost me this glory. --Baxter.
      {To lose ground}, to fall behind; to suffer gradual loss or
      {To lose heart}, to lose courage; to become timid. [bd]The
            mutineers lost heart.[b8] --Macaulay.
      {To lose one's head}, to be thrown off one's balance; to lose
            the use of one's good sense or judgment.
                     In the excitement of such a discovery, many scholars
                     lost their heads.                              --Whitney.
      {To lose one's self}.
            (a) To forget or mistake the bearing of surrounding
                  objects; as, to lose one's self in a great city.
            (b) To have the perceptive and rational power temporarily
                  suspended; as, we lose ourselves in sleep.
      {To lose sight of}.
            (a) To cease to see; as, to lose sight of the land.
            (b) To overlook; to forget; to fail to perceive; as, he
                  lost sight of the issue.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Lose \Lose\, v. i.
      To suffer loss, disadvantage, or defeat; to be worse off,
      esp. as the result of any kind of contest.
               We 'll . . . hear poor rogues Talk of court news; and
               we'll talk with them too, Who loses and who wins; who's
               in, who's out.                                       --Shak.

From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   lose vi.   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

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      ({MIT}) 1. 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).
      4. Refers to something that is {losing}, especially in the
      phrases "That's a lose!" and "What a lose!"
      [{Jargon File}]
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