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"lose" in British English

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loseverb

uk   us   /luːz/ (lost, lost)

lose verb (NOT HAVE)

A2 [T] to no ​longer have something because you do not ​know where it is: I've lost my ​ticket. He's always losing his ​carkeys.A2 [T] to have something or someone taken away from you: At least 600 ​staff will lose ​theirjobs if the ​factorycloses. He lost his ​leg in a ​caraccident. She lost her ​mother (= her ​motherdied) last ​year.B2 [T] to ​stopfeeling something: to lose ​confidence/​faith I lost ​interesthalfway through the ​book. He ​kept on ​crying and I lost my ​patience.B1 [T] to have less of something than you had before: I'm ​trying to lose ​weight. He's losing his ​hair. She lost a lot of ​blood in the ​accident. to lose ​yourmemory/​sightB2 [T] If you lose ​time, you ​waste it: Four million ​hours were lost last ​year through ​stress-relatedillnesses. We lost ​valuabletimestuck in ​traffic. [T] If a ​clock loses ​time, it goes more ​slowly than it should: My ​watch loses ten ​minutes every ​day. [T] informal to get ​rid of something: Lose the ​belt and let's ​see how the ​dresslooks.lose money, dollars, pounds, etc. C1 A ​business that is losing ​money is ​spending more ​money than it is ​receiving: Banks will lose millions of ​pounds because of new ​legislation.
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lose verb (BE DEFEATED)

B1 [I or T] to ​fail to ​succeed in a ​game, ​competition, etc.: If we lose this ​game, we're out of the ​championship. They're losing 3–1. They lost to Cincinnati. Everyone ​hates losing an ​argument. They hadn't lost an ​election in 15 ​years.
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(Definition of lose from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lose" in American English

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loseverb

 us   /luz/ (past tense and past participle lost  /lɔst/ )

lose verb (NOT BE ABLE TO FIND)

[T] to not be ​able to ​find something: I lost my ​keyssomewhere in the ​house. Two ​officerschased the ​suspect, but he ​turned down an ​alley and they lost ​sight of him (= could no ​longersee him).

lose verb (NO LONGER POSSESS)

[T] to no ​longer have something, because it has been taken away from you, either by ​accident or ​purposely: Workers will lose ​theirjobs if the ​plantcloses. He lost his ​leg in a ​caraccident. [T] If you lose someone, that ​persondies: George lost his ​wife in 1990. [T] If you lose ​money you have risked, you do not make a ​profit and do not get ​yourmoney back. [T] A ​business that is losing ​money is ​spending more ​money than it is ​receiving.

lose verb (BE DEFEATED)

[I/T] to ​fail to ​succeed in a ​game or ​competition: [I] If we lose again, we’re out of the ​playoffs. [T] Anderson lost the ​election by a ​narrowmargin.

lose verb (NOT MAINTAIN)

[T] to not ​maintain or no ​longer have ​control over a ​quality or ​ability: She used to ​playtennisregularly, but ​lately she’s lost ​interest in it. The ​driver lost ​control of her ​car. The ​dog is losing her ​eyesight/​hearing/​sense of ​smell. Carl lost his ​balance and ​fell down the ​stairs. [T] If you lose ​time or an ​opportunity, you ​waste it. [T] If a ​clock loses ​time, it goes more ​slowly than it should.

lose verb (HAVE LESS OF)

[T] to have less of something, esp. in the ​body: to lose ​blood/​weight

lose verb (CONFUSE)

[T] to ​confuse someone: I’m ​sorry, you’ve lost me – would you go over that again?
(Definition of lose from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"lose" in Business English

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loseverb

uk   us   /luːz/ (lost, lost)
[T] to no ​longer have something or have less of something, because it has been taken away from you, or you ​fail to ​keep it: Manufacturing lost 11,000 ​jobs in June after several months of ​smallincreases. She was among 40 ​people who lost their ​jobs when the ​plantclosed.lose business/market share/sales The ​company has ​steadily lost ​marketshare over the past 15 ​years. The ​company has lost its ​place as the world's ​number one automaker.lose sth to sth Last ​year, the ​company lost at least 30 ​working days to ​strikes.lose sth to sb The ​business began to lose ​clients to the new ​supermarket. The ​organization has lost the ​finestdirector it has ever had. Homeowners ​technically could still lose their homes over ​unpaidrent.
[T] if you lose ​time, you ​waste it: Four million ​workinghours were lost last ​year through stress-related illnesses. There is no ​time to be lost in ​securing the ​deal.
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[I or T] to ​spend more ​money than you receive, ​fail to ​keepmoney that you had, or cause a ​loss of ​money: The ​airline lost £40m from a ​strike at the ​airport in the summer. Companies must ​compensateemployees who lose ​financially because of a ​misleading, inaccurate, or ​unfairreference.lose sb sth We cannot continue with an ​area of ​business that is losing us millions.lose sth on sth He lost $50000 on the ​stockmarket. The ​company has lost ​money over the last few ​years.
[T] to go down in ​price or ​value: The company's ​shares lost 10.75p to 416p . The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 107.42 ​points in the past two days.
lose face to lose the ​respect of other ​people because of something you have done: Both ​companies are denying ​responsibility for the ​crisis, as neither ​wants to lose face.
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lose ground to become less popular, ​fall in ​value, or be given less ​support: California still ​tops the 50 ​states in ​techexports but is losing ​ground. The ​stockstarted losing ​ground with the rest of the ​market in midmorning and ​closed down 18p.
lose sight of sth to forget about an important ​idea or fact because you are ​thinking about other things: In their attempts to ​increaseprofits, they have lost ​sight of the ​importance of ​customersatisfaction.
lose your shirt informal to lose a lot of ​money: It would be wrong to suggest that all ​investors have lost their shirts.
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(Definition of lose from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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