- 1be deprived of or cease to have something
- 2fail to win (a game or contest)
- 3fail to keep or maintain
Using lose: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "lose" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
I don't want to lose my keys again.
The team lost the game by two points.
She lost her job due to budget cuts.
He lost his temper and yelled at his coworkers.
lose Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using lose
If we cancel the event now, we'll lose face with our sponsors.
I've been losing sleep over the upcoming exam.
After she moved to another country, we lost touch with each other.
Phrases with lose
If you don't apply for the scholarship, you'll lose out on the chance to study abroad.
I'm sorry I lost my cool earlier. I didn't mean to yell at you.
I think I'm going to lose my mind if I have to work overtime again this week.
Origins of lose
from Old English 'losian', meaning 'perish, destroy'
Summary: lose in Brief
The verb 'lose' [luːz] means to be deprived of something, fail to win a game or contest, or fail to keep or maintain something. It can refer to losing keys, games, jobs, or temper. Phrases like 'lose out' and idioms like 'lose face' extend the meaning to missed opportunities and loss of reputation. 'Lose' also appears in phrases like 'lose your cool' and 'lose your mind,' indicating anger and insanity.