verb (loses, losing, lost)
- (transitive) To cause (something) to cease to be in one's possession or capability due to unfortunate or unknown circumstances, events or reasons.
- I lost the ten pound note. I must have dropped it.
- He lost his hearing in the explosion.
- She lost her position when the company was taken over.
- (transitive) To fail to win (a game, competition, trial, etc). Often followed by out
- We lost the match.
- We lost out to Sweden in the final.
- (transitive) To shed (weight); to reduce.
- I"ve lost five pounds this week.
- (transitive) To have (a relative or friend) die.
- She lost all her sons in the war.
- (transitive) To be unable to follow or trace (somebody or something) any longer.
- The policeman lost the robber he was chasing.
- Mission control lost the satellite as its signal died down.
- (transitive) (informal) To shed, remove, discard, or eliminate.
- When we get into the building, please the hat.
- (intransitive) To fail to be the winner.
- Did you win this time? - No, I lost again.
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