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Main Entry: lose
Pronunciation: primarystresslüz
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): lost /primarystresslodotst/; los·ing /primarystresslü-zieng/
1 : 2RUIN 1, destroy <the ship was lost on the reef>
2 : to be unable to find or have at hand : MISLAY <lose a billfold>
3 : to become deprived of especially accidentally or by death <lose his eyesight> <lost her son by drowning>
4 a : to fail to use to advantage : WASTE <no time to lose> b : to fail to win, gain, or obtain <lose a contest> c : to fail to catch with the senses or the mind <lost part of what was said>
5 : to cause the loss of <one careless statement lost her the election>
6 : to fail to keep, sustain, or maintain <lost his balance>
7 a : to miss or cause to miss one's way or bearings <lost herself in the woods> b : to make unconscious <lost himself in daydreams>
8 : to leave behind by going faster or farther <lost their pursuers>
9 : to free oneself from : get rid of <dieting to lose some weight>
- los·er noun
- lose ground : to fail to advance or improve
- lose it
1 : to lose touch with reality; also : to go crazy
2 : to be filled with strong emotion : lose one's composure <so angry I almost lost it>
- lose one's heart : to fall in love

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