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LOSE (lost)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does lose mean? 

LOSE (verb)
  The verb LOSE has 11 senses:

1. fail to keep or to maintain; cease to have, either physically or in an abstract sense
2. fail to win
3. suffer the loss of a person through death or removal
4. place (something) where one cannot find it again
5. miss from one's possessions; lose sight of
6. allow to go out of sight
7. fail to make money in a business; make a loss or fail to profit
8. fail to get or obtain
9. retreat
10. fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind
11. be set at a disadvantage

  Familiarity information: LOSE used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


LOSE (verb)


Sense 1lose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fail to keep or to maintain; cease to have, either physically or in an abstract sense

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

She lost her purse when she left it unattended on her seat

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "lose"):

white-out; whiteout (lose daylight visibility in heavy fog, snow, or rain)

sleep off (get rid of by sleeping)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

They lose the money

Antonym:

keep (retain possession of)


Sense 2lose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fail to win

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Context example:

We lost the battle but we won the war

"Lose" entails doing...:

compete; contend; vie (compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "lose"):

go down (be defeated)

drop (lose (a game))

remain down; take the count (be counted out; remain down while the referee counts to ten)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s to somebody

Antonym:

win (be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious)


Sense 3lose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Suffer the loss of a person through death or removal

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Context examples:

She lost her husband in the war / The couple that wanted to adopt the child lost her when the biological parents claimed her

Hypernyms (to "lose" is one way to...):

suffer (endure (emotional pain))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 4lose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Place (something) where one cannot find it again

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

misplace; mislay; lose

Context example:

I misplaced my eyeglasses

Hypernyms (to "lose" is one way to...):

lay; place; pose; position; put; set (put into a certain place or abstract location)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 5lose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Miss from one's possessions; lose sight of

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

I've lost my glasses again!

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "lose"):

forget; leave (leave behind unintentionally)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Antonym:

find (come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost)


Sense 6lose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Allow to go out of sight

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Context example:

The detective lost the man he was shadowing after he had to stop at a red light

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 7lose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fail to make money in a business; make a loss or fail to profit

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

turn a loss; lose

Context examples:

I lost thousands of dollars on that bad investment! / The company turned a loss after the first year

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

They lose the money

Antonym:

break even (make neither profit nor loss)

profit (make a profit; gain money or materially)


Sense 8lose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fail to get or obtain

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

I lost the opportunity to spend a year abroad

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Antonym:

win (win something through one's efforts)


Sense 9lose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Retreat

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

fall behind; recede; drop off; fall back; lose

Hypernyms (to "lose" is one way to...):

regress; retrograde; retrogress (get worse or fall back to a previous condition)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 10lose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

miss; lose

Context examples:

I missed that remark / She missed his point / We lost part of what he said

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "lose"):

overlook (look past, fail to notice)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 11lose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be set at a disadvantage

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

lose; suffer

Context example:

This author really suffers in translation

Hypernyms (to "lose" is one way to...):

decline; worsen (grow worse)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Something is ----ing PP


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