lose

The verb to lose means something has gone missing. Maybe it's your car keys. Maybe it's points in a game. Maybe it's the love of your life. Sorry about that.

You can physically lose something by misplacing it, or you can lose your pride in a competition. You can lose a game, you can lose your library book, you can lose money, you can lose your business, you can lose sight of your child, you can even lose your mind — basically, you can lose just about anything. Losing something is usually not a good thing, unless it's that annoying boyfriend or weight.

Definitions of lose
  1. verb
    fail to keep or to maintain; cease to have, either physically or in an abstract sense
    “She lost her purse when she left it unattended on her seat”
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    Antonyms:
    hold on, keep
    retain possession of
    hold open, keep, keep open, save
    retain rights to
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    types:
    white-out, whiteout
    lose daylight visibility in heavy fog, snow, or rain
    sleep off
    get rid of by sleeping
  2. verb
    suffer the loss of a person through death or removal
    “She lost her husband in the war”
    “The couple that wanted to adopt the child lost her when the biological parents claimed her”
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    type of:
    suffer
    experience (emotional) pain
  3. verb
    place (something) where one cannot find it again
    synonyms: mislay, misplace
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    type of:
    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  4. verb
    miss from one's possessions; lose sight of
    “I've lost my glasses again!”
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    Antonyms:
    find, regain
    come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost
    find
    obtain through effort or management
    find, recover, regain, retrieve
    get or find back; recover the use of
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    types:
    forget, leave
    leave behind unintentionally
  5. verb
    allow to go out of sight
    “The detective lost the man he was shadowing after he had to stop at a red light”
  6. verb
    fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind
    “We lost part of what he said”
    synonyms: miss
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    types:
    overlook
    look past, fail to notice
  7. verb
    fail to win
    “We lost the battle but we won the war”
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    Antonyms:
    win
    be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious
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    go down
    be defeated
    drop
    lose (a game)
    remain down, take the count
    be counted out; remain down while the referee counts to ten
    drop one's serve
    lose a game in which one is serving
  8. verb
    fail to get or obtain
    “I lost the opportunity to spend a year abroad”
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    Antonyms:
    acquire, gain, win
    win something through one's efforts
  9. verb
    fail to make money in a business; make a loss or fail to profit
    “I lost thousands of dollars on that bad investment!”
    synonyms: turn a loss
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    Antonyms:
    profit, turn a profit
    make a profit; gain money or materially
    break even
    make neither profit nor loss
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  10. verb
    retreat
    synonyms: drop off, fall back, fall behind, recede
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    Antonyms:
    advance, gain, gain ground, get ahead, make headway, pull ahead, win
    obtain advantages, such as points, etc.
    type of:
    regress, retrograde, retrogress
    get worse or fall back to a previous condition
  11. verb
    be set at a disadvantage
    synonyms: suffer
    suffer
    get worse
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    type of:
    decline, worsen
    grow worse
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