lose Definition

  • 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!

  • Example

    I don't want to lose my keys again.

  • Example

    The team lost the game by two points.

  • Example

    She lost her job due to budget cuts.

  • Example

    He lost his temper and yelled at his coworkers.

lose Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using lose

  • to suffer a loss of respect or reputation


    If we cancel the event now, we'll lose face with our sponsors.

  • to worry about something excessively


    I've been losing sleep over the upcoming exam.

  • to stop communicating with someone


    After she moved to another country, we lost touch with each other.

Phrases with lose

  • fail to take advantage of an opportunity


    If you don't apply for the scholarship, you'll lose out on the chance to study abroad.

  • to become angry or upset


    I'm sorry I lost my cool earlier. I didn't mean to yell at you.

  • to become crazy or insane


    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.

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