Lose

Definition of Lose

Pronunciation: lŌz
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Lost (lǒst; 115) p. pr. & vb. n. Losing (lŌz"ĭng).]
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.
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.
- Dryden.
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.
How should you go about to lose him a wife he loves with so much passion?
- Sir W. Temple.
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 disadvantage.
To lose heart
to lose courage; to become timid.
To lose one's head
to be thrown off one's balance; to lose the use of one's good sense or judgment, through fear, anger, or other emotion.
- Macaulay.
In the excitement of such a discovery, many scholars lost their heads.
- Whitney.
v. i.1.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.

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